Domaine de Courbissac

France - Minervois

This domain was founded on a biodynamic basis by German film producer Reinhard Brundig, when he bought it in 2002. Brundig was first attracted to the domain due to the complexity of the soil, its established and carefully nurtured vines, and the geographic location, near to Montagne Noire. Now the operation is led by Brunnhilde Claux, whose first vintage was in 2014. Claux was chosen by Brundig due to her excellent record working for Gérard Gauby, where she learnt the skills needed for growing vines naturally in a Mediterranean climate, and then with Dominik Huber for three vintages.          

 

 

Brunnhilde hand-harvests each variety and plot of land separately. The grapes are hand selected, and while the young ones are often de-stemmed, the older varieties are often used whole. These grape clusters are then layered and pressed by foot to squeeze out trapped oxygen, before their nine to 12 days of maceration. 

The terroirs here are up to 300 metres above sea level, and the proximity to Montagne Noire gives it a nearly Mediterranean climate. Despite the growing period taking place during long, dry summers, winter brings in a large amount of rain to keep the soil well-nourished throughout the warmer months. The summer heat is moderated by the cooling effect of air flowing down from the mountains, allowing the grapes to mature at their ideal rate.

Unlike much wine from Minervois, this terroir of clay and limestone leads to a fresh and fruity wine – unlike others that grow in schist-rich soils instead.

Domaine de Courbissac Winelist

Vintages & Larger Formats

NAME PRICE Size VINTAGE
VDF "L'Orange" Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
VDF "L'Orange" Login Magnum (150cl) 2016
VDF "Les Traverses" White Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Minervois "Les Traverses" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Minervois "Les Traverses" Login Magnum (150cl) 2016
Minervois "Les Farrajales" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Minervois "Les Farrajales" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Minervois "Roc du Piere" Login Bottle (75cl) 2016
Minervois "Roc du Piere" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Minervois "Roc du Piere" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Minervois "Roc Suzadou" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Minervois "Roc Suzadou" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014

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