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Loire Valley

Cuvée des Etourneaux - 2017 - Etienne Courtois

Les Cailloux du Paradis

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A fruity nose of cherries, plums and spice. A palate with tension and minerality, in other words, pure Courtois! Lovely balance, resembles great Pinot Noir... Splendid stuff, and luckily for us, the starlings didn’t eat the whole harvest this year!

75 cl
Original features
Vin de France
Degree of alcohol
12.9 %
To drink from
2022 to 2026
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Cuvée des Etourneaux(or, the starlings’ cuvée) is named for the birds that ate the entire harvest in 2001. The parcel is surrounded by fruit trees, creating a beautiful ecosystem. A blend of Gamay de Chaudenay and Gamay à jus blanc, the vines are cultivated on a flinty clay terroir, with the least intervention possible; vine treatments are made from nettle, horsetail, flowers of sulphur. Matured 30 months in barrels, no new oak, plus one year in the bottle. Neither fined nor filtered, and without added sulphites.

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Claude & Etienne Courtois

Claude & Etienne Courtois

Claude Courtois is one of the pioneers of natural wine, having rediscovered more than 20 years ago in his native Sologne the path leading back to the “original” nature, which is why the French word Paradis appears in his estate’s name, "les cailloux du paradis", meaning “the stones of paradise”. The estate is made up of vines, fruit trees, hedges and a farmyard... It’s Etienne, the first of...

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