Domaine de L'Ecu 'Janus' Chardonnay Vin de France 2018

Article number: L'Ecu Janus Chardonnay 18
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Domaine de l’Ecu has attained almost legendary status in the Loire for its influence (along with a small group of other domaines) on the region’s Muscadet. The estate was among the early adopters of organic viticulture, long before it became trendy; l’Ecu’s vineyards have been certified organic for over 40 years and certified biodynamic for over 20 years! All the wines at l’Ecu are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeast, and bottled with minimal use of sulfur. In recent years, the domaine changed hands, as highly respected owner and natural viticulturist Guy Bossard had no heirs interested in taking over the property. L’Ecu is now run by Frederik (Fred) Niger, a passionate wine lover who is very “hands-on” in his commitment in maintaining the estate’s greatness, and Bossard remains as an ongoing consultant to ensure a smooth transition. The two men share a passion bordering on fanaticism when it comes to meticulous work in the vineyards, always keeping their respect for the natural world at the forefront. This delightful new cuvée comes from chardonnay planted on clay-limestone soils near the domaine, in a vineyard that has been certified biodynamic since 1998. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented with wild yeast in concrete tanks. It is aged for 9 months in concrete tank, then bottled unfiltered and unfined, with no sulfur added. In the glass, an elegant nose with defined mineral character and a saline quality open the show before yielding to a palate dominated by lime and citrus zest. Medium-bodied in the mouth, it finishes with more lingering minerality. Certified biodynamic, low-intervention, vegan.

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