& JOANNA ECARD
Michel is the son of Maurice Ecard, long a standard-bearer in Savigny-lès-Beaune. We carried Maurice’s wines for many years, but on his retirement in 2005 the family opted not to keep the domaine intact. Rather than struggle with the family, Michel decided to rent vineyards from his uncle and start his own domaine. He currently farms a little under 5 hectares, all in Savigny-lès-Beaune.
He had worked beside his father for many years, so it was no surprise that the quality remained excellent. If anything the wines have a little more polish than before. That’s testament to Michel’s gentle touch, rather than any manipulation of the wine. Everything here is done by hand, almost all of it by Michel alone.
The vineyards are ploughed, yields are restricted, and always hand-harvested. The wines normally see 12 months in oak. The aim is to give well-structured wines with supple tannins, expressive of their terroir.
Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune Villages ‘Vieilles Vignes’
Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Narbentons’
Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Serpentières’
Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Gravains’
Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Peuillets’