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Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet 'Gneiss'

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Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Loire
Appellation: Muscadet-Sevre-Et-Maine
Wine type: White
Varietals: Melon De Bourgogne
Biodynamic: Certified
Vineyard: 3 hectares parcel with 45-55 year old vines
Orientation: Northwest slope
Soil: Light top soil. Sub-soil of gneiss, a metamorphosed igneous or sedimentary rock where minerals are arranged in bands.
Viticulture: Organically farmed since 1975, biodynamic-demeter certified since 1998. Soil worked manually and yields are kept low. All grapes are hand harvested.
Vinification: Gravity fed with no use of pumps. Wild yeast fermentations with no racking of the must.
Aging: Aged on the lees in underground vats for 15 months.
Production: 1,800 cases
Notes: Gneiss is the first of the "expression" wines to be harvested, and the earliest to express itself. The nose is opulent and rich in white fruits with notes of pear, citrus, hazelnut and aromas of the sea. On the palate, the wine has a lively acidity and a minerally, saline finish.
RATINGS
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 92
The 2014 Gneiss bottling from Domaine de l’Écu is an excellent example of the vintage, but the estate had to shorten the customary aging on the lees for its top cuvées in 2014 from fifteen months down to twelve, as they simply had no wine to offer clients! The wine is produced from forty-five to fifty-five year-old vines and delivers a superb bouquet of pear, a refined note of sea salts, a beautifully complex base of soil, a touch of leesiness and a gentle floral note redolent of lilacs. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish, crisp and quite a bit more primary in profile than the nose suggests, with a fine core, nascent complexity and excellent bounce on the long and focused finish. A lovely bottle in the making. 2015-2025+.

Price: $26.99

Color: White
Country: France
Vintage: 2014
Wa/WS Points: 92
Bottle Size: 750ml
Category: Muscadet
Region: Loire Valley
Price: Over $20
Flavor Profile: Crisp White, Lush White
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