A concentrated juice, with spice, mint, and animal notes. On the palate, this is a fruit bomb, with beautiful depth. On the whole a structured wine boasting great drinkability. Warning: an addictive wine! But if you can be patient, it’s also got superb ageing potential…
Julien Courtois, child of the 1976 vintage, is the eldest of two sons born to Claude Courtois, one of the most monumental figures in natural wine. Julien has had his own, separate production for nearly 20 years – Le Clos de la Bruyère – and his approach is the same as his father’s, though with a sensibility all his own. The result is equally splendid! On his 5-ha estate, we find a multitude of grape varieties from here and there, many of them planted franc de pied – ungrafted. Here, we let mother nature work her magic; the grass grows freely, the vine expresses itself naturally, without any violent interventions from man, chemistry, or the like... Julien has pulled the greater part of this production out of the AOC labelling system to be classed as Vin de France, or table wine, to allow himself total liberty in his work. But take note: the daily care bestowed on his vines and in his cellar work represents watchmaker-like precision and mastery in his art... His wines are more and more consistently attaining the heights of quality – and are therefore more and more sought out by connoisseurs!.
A very fine red, as always driven by fruit aromas, with notes of blackcurrant and elderberry... But this is also highly structured, with well-blended tannins, silky and balanced... Superb intensity. It’s a great big cat that would happily be laid down to nap a few months in your cellar before coming out to play!
This is very aromatic juice, made from botrytised grapes, with notes of eucalyptus, flowers and mint. Palate: soft and surprising, a rare cuvée! An elephant that smokes eucalyptus, but without any heaviness! A delicate, successful balance.