"Fred Niger produces outstanding wines, pure, well defined, complex enhancing the renown of the Appellation."
The large variety of soils in the Loire Valley is characterised by diverse natural environments. This region can be sub-divided in four climates, from western coastal regions to inlands - Pays Nantais / Anjou-Saumur / Touraine / Central Vineyards. In Pays Nantais, the soils are predominantly volcanic (igneous) with top-soils of porous gneiss. This means the soils have a good drainage, which allows vines to thrive well in this wet climate.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine de l’Ecu is located 25km away from Nantes. Nicknamed the “Pope of Muscadet”, Guy Bossard is one of the pioneering forces of Organic and Biodynamic viticulture in the Loire Valley. This estate has been in Guy’s family for five generations, and when he took the reins in the early 70s, he applied for Organic certification right away, converting to Biodynamics in the 90s. He has since been succeeded by Fred Niger, who shares Brossard’s passion for Biodynamics. At l’Ecu, muscadel is not simply crisp white to enjoy with oysters - it is a terroir-driven wine with cellaring capacity to rival Chablis or Burgundy.