Julien Courtois, "Ancestral"

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Vintage: 2019

Varietals: Côt, Gamay & Gascon

Farming: Organic/Biodynamic, Unfined, Low Added SO2

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!

Blend of 45% Côt (also known as Malbec) planted in 2003, 45% ungrafted Gamay planted in 1978, and 10% Gascon planted in 2006. 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 2021. The label of this wine is a Maori design drawn by Heidi Kuka, Julien’s partner. Unfined. Low added SO2.