Terroir: Silica in surface and clay with flint (silex) in depth.
Average age of vines: Gamay Franc-de-Pied planted in 1978, Cote planted in 2003 and Gascon planted in 2006.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. Natural fermentation in old oak barrels. Ageing for 12 months in old barrel. Only 1 racking, no filtration, no fining.
Created in 1998 in Soings-en-Sologne, Clos de la Bruyère was founded by Julien Courtois, son of the famous (and infamous!) Claude Courtois, from Domaine Les Cailloux du Paradis. His passion for wine was born when he started learning how to run a vineyard and make wine with his father. Like his father, Julien’s aim has always been to make wines from low yielding vineyards in order to reach optimal concentration. With 4,5 hectares of vines, Julien works in close relation with natural cycles and waits for perfect maturity to harvest the grapes. The whole estate is harvested by hand and work in the cellar is left to the simplest expression.