Friday Feature 6/7/13: Gros Pet!

Hello and Happy Friday!

First things first: Tonight’s Routier takes a look at the world of wine through an Iberian lens. Influenced by Craig’s latest travels, we will look at some selections from Galicia and the Douro. Three wines plus a small snack, all for $25. Swing by anytime between 5 & 8 PM tonight.
Tonight’s Wines:
Do Ferreiro Albariño
Dominio do Bibei Lalama Ribeira Sacra
Quinta do Infantado Douro



Today’s Friday Feature is simple: one white wine, chilled and fresh, a perfect partner for every summer party, porch-sit and BBQ.

While Daft Punk, Macklemore and Drake fight it out for most overplayed on the radio, we have your drink figured out. (Craig too, may have figured out the song part, Maître Gims’ J’me Tire, too hip for American radio, but that’s how he rolls).

And while you will want to hit yourself in the head with a hammer after the one zillionth time you hear ‘Get Lucky’, you will never tire of drinking this season’s #1 party wine, Domaine L’Ecu’s ‘Gros Pet’.


Craig & Sheb


Friday Feature 6/7/13 

2010 Domaine L’Ecu Gros Plant du Nantais ‘Gros Pet’ Loire Valley, France


Your summer dream wine has just arrived.

But first, a little back history.

We often talk about, and have featured prominently, wines from the Pays Nantais. This is a large swath of land that signifies the western border of the majesty that is the Loire Valley. There are 7 distinct wine zones in this region, most of which produce white wine based on Melon de Bourgogne, or  the grape of Muscadet. There is also a zone called Gros Plant du Nantais, that produces a dry, light, zippy wine based on the Folle Blanche variety.

Unfortunately, between the 1960s & the 1980s, this area devoted itself to a more commercialized, industrial product, encouraging high yields and producing, for the most part, dilute wines devoid of personality. But, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there began a sea change. A new generation took over the vineyards, eschewing the industrial trappings of their parents, and thus reinvigorated, a new exploration of soil and vineyard management came into prominence. Muscadet now sits at the top of the quality to value ratio, with many high-quality producers releasing a variety of terroir designated wines, and of course, it makes sense that Gros Plant would be next.

Back in chilly February, we met with Fred Niger Van Herck, of Domaine L’Ecu in Muscadet. We tasted through his beautiful range of terroir based Muscadets, and some interesting experimentations he had begun with Cabernet Franc. Lastly, we came to a wine he affectionately called “Gros Pet”, his version of Gros Plant du Nantais.

Unfortunately, we cannot translate the term “Gros Pet” for you, as this is a family newsletter.

What we can do, however, is tell you that this refreshing, delicious white wine will be your best friend this summer, with it’s sunny flavors of green apple and honeyed nuances. The wine spends 16 months on it’s lees for extra richness and is harvested from 30-40 year old vines. Serious wine for a not so serious price.

With only 300 bottles allocated to the State of Illinois it is sure to sell out!



  $13.99 BTL- $167.88 CASE OF 12


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