This wine is 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 crisp, fruit-driven Gamay with a full body and lots of structure. A deep, concentrated wine, with loads of red and black fruits, mint and spices, yet also slight animal notes. Good balance of freshness and acidity. A decidedly different take on Gamay than Beaujolais!
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: Sixty-year-old vines; Silica in surface and clay with silex (flint) in depth.
Vinification: Grapes harvested manually at full maturity and controlled yields. 100% destemmed, one week of maceration with a few punch-down or pump-overs. Natural fermentation in old oak barrels and ageing for 18 months in old barrels. No filtration, no fining.
Match it with: roast beef, grilled meat, steak tartare, filet.
- France, Loire
- Julien Courtois
- Ready to Drink And Will Improve