A richly-coloured rose from 100% Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. The domaine uses the traditional name for the common type of the Gamay grape to distinguish it from the historic Gamay de Chaudenay, a rare Gamay Teinturier they also grow. This is a gorgeous rosé with dried red fruit, cranberries, herbs and a hint of savouriness. Remarkably complex and yet so drinkable. Has a rare depth for a rosé, and only improves with age.
Julien Courtois is the eldest son of one of the leaders of biodynamic grape farming in the Loire. In a small 5 ha estate called Clos de la Bruyère in the Sologne, Julien and his wife Heidi Kuka craft energetic wines filled with life and express the purest flavours of often-overlooked grapes. These are wines made with the utmost passion– from the vine to the bottle each stage of production follows, without compromise, a singular vision of natural winemaking. The idea is to return to the practices of generations past, using historic native varieties and the lowest intervention methods possible.
Terroir: silica and flint on the top of the ground, clay and flint under the first layer.
Average age of vines: 60 years old
Vinification: Grapes harvested manually at full maturity and controlled yields. 100% destemmed, one week of maceration then direct pressed. Natural fermentation in vats. Ageing for 12-18 months in barrel with no filtration, no fining and zero sulphites.
Match it with: an excellent aperitif; pairs well with chilled shellfish, smoked salmon and light cheeses.
- France, Loire
- Julien Courtois
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve