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Courtois-Kuka

Ancestral - 2018 - Julien Courtois

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!

Size
75 cl
Original features
Sulfite-free
Appellation
Vin de France
Degree of alcohol
13 %
To drink from
2021 to 2027
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€30.00
VAT included

Julien is determined to take us on a voyage far beyond his native Sologne with this blend of 45% Côt (also known as Malbec) planted in 2003, 45% ungrafted Gamay planted in 1978, and 10% Gascon planted in 2006. Organic culture, grapes harvested manually at full maturity and controlled yields. Vinification: 100% destemmed, one week of maceration with a few punch-downs or pump-overs, matured for 15 months in old barrels. Bottled in Spring 2020. The Courtois DNA is definitely present! The label of this wine is a Maori design drawn by Heidi Kuka, Julien’s partner.

Julien Courtois

Julien Courtois

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...

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