Region: Sologne - Loire Valley, FRA
Variety: Menu Pineau
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.
From 50 year old vines planted on flint dominated silica and clay soils, the grapes are manually harvested, directly pressed and then undergo spontaneous fermentation for 2-3 weeks with little temperature control. The grapes spend several months on the lees with no battonage and is aged for 18 months in foudre