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Ancestral - 2020 - Julien Courtois


A very fine red, 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!

75 cl
Original features
Vin de France
Degree of alcohol
13 %
To drink from
2024 to 2029
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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 2022. 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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