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Les Cailloux du Paradis Romorantin Courtois 2016

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One Line Description Les Cailloux du Paradis Romorantin Claude Courtois, biodynamic, floral, minerally, iconic producer
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Loire, France
Producer Claude Courtois
Vintage 2016
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Romorantin
Alcohol 11.3% abv
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Maturation 18 months in concrete and wood
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years plus easy
Production Detail Biodynamic, no sulphur added
Natural Features Zero Added Sulphites (Sulphur), Vegan, Cloudy/Totally Unfiltered, Oxidative Notes, Funky Aromas


Les Cailloux du Paradis Romorantin Claude Courtois, biodynamic, floral, minerally, iconic producer. I discovered Romorantin in the cellar of Julien Courtois, son of Claude - an equally fantastic Biodynamic wine maker. In his cellar, an almost religious tasting experience of this grape variety had me immediately in love. Since then, I felt I had to taste his fathers too and they are also superb. The grape Romorantin was introduced to the Sologne by François 1st who planted it on his mother’s property situated in Romorantin which was, at that time the capital of Sologne, and from which town it derives its name. This wine undergoes an elevage of eighteen months. The nose is beautifully flowery with notes of Mediterranean flowers, laurel leaves, acacia and fresh almond, whilst the palate has tremendous tension and minerality. Superb white wine, makes your crispy Sancerre seem absolutely pedestrian.

Situated in the heart of Sologne, 35 km from Blois, Claude Courtois owns a 13 hectare estate, which is free from chemicals and run according to traditional methods. They aim to create wines from 'true grapes', pointing out that the French vineyards are generally doped with chemicals in order to guarantee bigger yields. Claude has created a small farm which exemplifies what biodynamics is all about in terms of biodiversity and self-sufficiency, although he does not consider himself to be a biodynamic grower, preferring not to be pigeon-holed or have his methods categorized. Recently, he has handed the reins to one of his sons, Etienne, and just kept a couple of hectares for himself. He has created a well-balanced bio-diversity with trees, fruit trees, vines, woods & fields. No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, or synthetic chemicals of any kind are allowed on the vines or in the soil of the vineyards. The grapes – Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Côt (Malbec), Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc & Pineau d’ Aunis and maybe up to a further forty varieties—are harvested by hand and only indigenous yeasts are used during fermentation. Claude Courtois is considered to be one of the great pioneers of natural wine making in Loire (so that probably means in the world), yet the wines are not ostentatious. They have an easy honest drinkability to them, although complex and savoury, anyone can enjoy these bottles. And considering the reputation and quality, they are incredibly well priced.

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