2012 Grande Castillon Courraye Cotes de Bordeaux, 750ml

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A fresh, red-fruited wine with soft tannins from hilly outskirts of the Bordeaux region. A family winery that has been growing their grapes organically long before that was a recognized term, just the old fashioned way of farming. 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, it is a medium-bodied red that exceedingly overachieves for the price. Native yeast fermentation and nothing added save a tiny dose of sulfur at bottling.

From the mouth of the importer (T Edward):

"Alain Dupuy learned the “ancestral” methods of his grandfather for taking care of the vines. Before there was an official doctrine and the accepted term “organic” viticulture there were vignerons who eschewed the use of new chemical products becoming available as options for treating pests and illnesses in the vineyards. It is truly rare today to discover vineyards that have literally never been subjected to any chemical pesticide or herbicide. Stroll through the vineyards at either Beauséjour or Langlais and you will quickly see that there is a complete and harmonious ecosystem in place. In the spring, each year, there are fragile tulips growing among the vines, a clear sign that there is balance and life in the soils.

Today it is Gerard Dupuy, Alain’s son, who is continuing the family’s rich history in Puisseguin St Emilion. Upon arriving on the scene in 1995 he immediately applied to Ecocert for organic certification in order to validate the work of his father and grandfather before him. Gerard also expanded his vineyard holding with the purchase of two estates, Clos du Moulin in Bergerac and Domaine de la Grande Courraye in Castillon. The latter is certified organic while the former is currently in conversion."

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