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Courtois Ancestral 2015


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An unusual blend that we thought was paired especially well with the pork dinner.

Producer/Winery: Julien Courtois and Heidi Kuka; Le Clos de la Bruyère; Soings en Sologne, France.

Grape Variety: Blend – 45% Côt (Malbec), 45% Gamay Chaudenay and 10% Gascon

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $38.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: Domaine LA; Los Angeles, California.

Paired With: Pork chops with blue cheese sauce, smashed potatoes and asparagus.

Tasting:

    Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, ruby color with the same color rim. Very strong damp earth with secondary barnyard, raspberry, rhubarb and sautéed mushroom aromas. Salty-tart mouthfeel, 100-grit texture and a medium body. Earthy tart fruit flavors including red current, sour cherry, pomegranate and raspberry. A huge amount of edgy acidity that overwhelmed the fine-grained tannins and a long spicy, almost sour, plaster-dust tasting finish. Excellent with the pork dinner, but the balance was just OK at best. The tart fruit, although strong, gave a real zing to each sip. An unusual blend that we thought was paired especially well with the pork dinner.

Courtois vineyard in the Loire Valley
Photo from Savio Soares Selections.

Comments: Learn more about Julien Courtois and Heidi Kuka and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 12%

Closure: 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 580960 808868

Imported by: Savio Soares Selections; Brooklyn, New York.