Etienne Courtois 'Cuvée des Etourneaux' 2018

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A rare cuvée from a famous natural producer in the Loire, Claude Courtois and son Etienne, who is now in charge of the domaine. This bottling is a blend of Gamay de Chaudenay, a rare form of Gamay that is semi-tenturier, meaning red-fleshed in the interior of the grape, combined with Gamay jus blanc, or directly-pressed white juice coming off the red grape. This unusual combo is then aged for nearly three years in old barrels, then one year in bottle. It's a tense, mineral, stately iteration of Gamay, coming from near the Atlantic instead of Beaujolais — like great Pinot Noir, mysterious and hard-to-place.

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DETAILS

  • Appellation

    Sologne

  • Category

    Red Wine

  • Country

    France

  • Grape

    Gamay de Chaudenay

  • Region

    Loire Valley

  • Subregion

    Pays Nantais