Wines from the Loire Valley in France are plentiful and diverse, with eighty seven appellations. Our March Club Wines are some of the best examples from this region.
Domaine de l’Ecu 2014 Granite Muscadet
Muscadet has a reputation for being a simple wine; unless you speak of Domaine de l’Ecu in Sevre-et-Maine. Guy Bossard is a fifth generation winemaker, and one of the first to become certified Organic (over 40 years ago) and certified Biodynamic (over 20 years ago). Guy, “The Pope of Muscadet” as he is known by his peers, was so inspired by the three different soil types in his vineyard that his wines are named after them: Gneiss, Orthogneiss, and Granite. The 2014 Granite Muscadet is terroir at its purest and the grape Melon de Bourgogne at its finest: the elegant citrus and bright fruit turn into a richer texture with the first sip. The freshness in his wines belies their unmistakable age ability; his devotees sometimes compare them to Grand Cru Chablis.
We are also pleased to announce that Frederik Niger, Guy’s protégé will join us at Soif on March 11th, offering some of their other amazing wines, those of you in the club will have a preview to this event.
Thierry Germain 2015 Les Roches
Our March red comes from the region of Saumur-Champigny, famous for its Cabernet Franc. Also passionate about Biodynamic viticulture, Thierry Germain left Bordeaux for the Loire in the early 1990’s, and he has grown to be on the forefront Biodynamic culture. Only harvesting ungrafted rootstocks, using all natural yeasts, not allowing machinery in the vineyards (horse-drawn carts and human hands) are the things used to move this vineyard to excellence. Proof is in the wine, and his wines are less rustic and more vibrant than other wines from this AOC. The 2015 Les Roches is deep purple in hue, and it delivers aromas of blackberry and coriander, with softer and less vegetal character compared to typical Cabernet Franc, it has a prolonged finish that encourages another sip. His wines are very allocated, so we are lucky to have secured most of this for our wine clubbers.