Region: Sologne - Loire Valley, FRA
Variety: Cot (Malbec), Gamay, Gascon
Organic farming, no sulphur
Julien Courtois, following in his father Claude's footsteps, created his own vineyard, Le Clos de la Bruyère, in 1998. Based in Soings en Sologne, the 4.5-hectare domain is run by Julien and his partner, Heidi. They work with seven varieties of grapes, including an ungrafted Menu Pineau, planted in 1978. Both Julien and his father have always kept to the principles of making wines from lowyield vineyards, allowing them to reach the optimum concentration, and working on the basis of natural cycles. No chemicals or pesticides. Everything is done in respect of the environment.
The vines are aged between 12-40 years of age and are grown on clay-silex based soils and are hand-harvested at the end of September and beginning of October. The grapes spend one week macerating, then undergoes spontaneous fermentation between 15 days to 1 month with no temperature control. The wine then spends 18 months in barrique. Unfiltered.