Les Cailloux Du Paradis, Claude & Etienne Courtois, Racines
Claude Courtois is considered Mr Natural Wine. They have a small farm that exemplifies what biodynamics is in terms of biodiversity and self-sufficiency, with fields for vines, fruit, animals as well as for growing wheat to feed the animals. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertiliser or synthetic chemicals of any kind are allowed on the vines or in the soil of the vineyards. All wines would be entitled to Touraine appellation but they are always rejected as being atypical. As such they are Vin De France with Nature et Progrès certification.
Racines is the only wine, Claude Courtois (his son Etienne over sees all others) looks after. Claude’s focus is more on the terroir than the variety. As such this is a taste of his vineyard.
A blend of Cab Franc, Cot and Cabernet Sauvignon hand harvested, destemmed and gently pressed together. The wine is vilified in barrel and aged for 18 months in oak. neither fined or filtered. No added sulphites.
Perfumed aromatics with great depth to the palate with notes of dried currant, fig and plum. Lovely acidity, a terrific structure and finishes with red berry fruit and mineral zest.