Clos de la Bruyere, Julien Courtois Ancestral 2018
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 low- yield 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.
A Blend of predominantly Gamay and a small amount of Cot (Malbec) & Gascon
Julien Courtois Ancestral is a red wine with aromas reminiscent of cherries and violets on the nose. On the palate it is smooth, rich and textured. A red wine with fresh acidity that can be enjoyed young or after a few years in the bottle. It offers a body and depth that sets it apart from other reds from the Loire Valley.