Join us for a wine class and tasting with Doug Strickland, owner of Integrity Wines, a natural wine import company that brings incredible natural wines to the Southeast US
This class will include a tasting of 4 wines priced at $35-65, charcuterie and commentary by Doug on the Domaine and each wine. Limited class size of 18.
Location: 2720 Park Street, upstairs meeting room from 6PM-7:30PM
About Domaine de l'Ecu: Domaine de l'Ecu is a historic Muscadet property whose early embrace of natural viticulture, terroir-specific bottlings, and extended lees ageing heavily influenced the appellation as we know it today.
Many feel that Domaine de l'Ecu (along with a very small group of other domaines, of course) is to thank for how Muscadet is thought of today. The Domaine's early influence can be attributed to three main factors:
1) Early adoption of organic viticulture in the Loire, well before it was fashionable to do so. The vineyards of Domaine de l'Ecu have been certified organic by Ecocert for over 40 years and certified biodynamic by Demeter for over 20 years.
2) Stong belief in the unique terroirs of Muscadet that inspired vinification and bottling based on soil type, as opposed to appellation blends. Thus the famed terroir wines were born from the subsoils of Orthogneiss and Granite.
3) Unlike most regular Muscadet, the wines are aged sur-lie for 15-18 months, resulting in a texture and layered complexity that have come to define the unique style of Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadets and set them apart from other wines in the appellation.
Besides these factors, there are a series of non-negotiable "house rules" that apply to all the wines at Domaine de L'Ecu: biodiversity in the vineyards, low yields, harvesting by hand, fermentation with indigenous yeast, no pumping or racking of the must (only gravity), and minimal use of sulfur. All in all, it is a philosophy of "no make-up"; just true wines without adulteration or artifice.
About Integrity: Integrity Wines imports and markets wine that possesses purity of fruit, balance, distinct varietal character, and true expression of their terroir. The passion of our producers and their commitment to quality and the environment is of paramount importance. Our focus is on winegrowers who produce high-quality, artisanal, estate-produced wines while practicing sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming.