Julien Courtois

Originel Heidi Kuka Menu-Pineau Romorantin

9.050 ratings
9.07 pro ratings
Loire Valley, France
Menu Pineau, Romorantin
Top Notes For
Chris Scanlan

Sales Amy Atwood Imports

9.0

She's temperamental. And expressive. It ain't no a Billy Joel Song; it's a Soings en Sologne, sung by the son of a son of a viticulture (well maybe only the cousin). Very fucking cool wine. Unique for this region. Kind of Sebastian Riffault-like in his rule breaking to Sancerre, but perhaps more... tame. Oxidative for this vintage, maybe that's consistent? Tastes like there's some skin contact on the romorantin, a roller coaster of acidity and sapidity across the tongue, and Menu Pineau, I can find it if I look. If you don't like oxidative wine, you probably won't appreciate this. But I judge a wine whether it's empty or not, and this one didn't stand a chance. Tastes better when it's warmed up and breathed for an hour. vintage is technically 2012 -not on label. Wife (New Zealander) Heidi Kuka makes the eye-catchingly, ornate almost Maori-like tribal tattoos for the labels. Julien Courtois is able to knock it out of the park on occasion, but mostly, he makes very good, expressive and interesting, but most importantly drinkable wine from the western Loire.

She's temperamental. And expressive. It ain't no a Billy Joel Song; it's a Soings en Sologne, sung by the son of a son of a viticulture (well maybe only the cousin). Very fucking cool wine. Unique for this region. Kind of Sebastian Riffault-like in his rule breaking to Sancerre, but perhaps more... tame. Oxidative for this vintage, maybe that's consistent? Tastes like there's some skin contact on the romorantin, a roller coaster of acidity and sapidity across the tongue, and Menu Pineau, I can find it if I look. If you don't like oxidative wine, you probably won't appreciate this. But I judge a wine whether it's empty or not, and this one didn't stand a chance. Tastes better when it's warmed up and breathed for an hour. vintage is technically 2012 -not on label. Wife (New Zealander) Heidi Kuka makes the eye-catchingly, ornate almost Maori-like tribal tattoos for the labels. Julien Courtois is able to knock it out of the park on occasion, but mostly, he makes very good, expressive and interesting, but most importantly drinkable wine from the western Loire.

Jul 30th, 2016
Amy Atwood

Founder/Owner Amy Atwood Selections

9.2

Salty, lemony goodness #JulienCourtois

Salty, lemony goodness #JulienCourtois

Mar 15th, 2016
BurgundyFan

Acrylic, acetone, glue, salty, delicious white

Acrylic, acetone, glue, salty, delicious white

Sep 27th, 2015
Pascaline Lepeltier, MS

Master Sommelier, Wine Director Rouge Tomate New York

9.3

Showing a lot of depth and layers, subtle aromatics and very salty

Showing a lot of depth and layers, subtle aromatics and very salty

Jul 11th, 2015
Emmanuel Cazes

L'originel, original mais bon droit et vif

L'originel, original mais bon droit et vif

Mar 23rd, 2015
Mark Lindzy

This was really fun - fruity and savory, refreshing acidity. I didn't see a vintage on the bottle.

This was really fun - fruity and savory, refreshing acidity. I didn't see a vintage on the bottle.

Oct 31st, 2014
Salone Slimey

Funky limeade!

Funky limeade!

Feb 15th, 2017
Josh Mond

Sexey round Tart

Sexey round Tart

Jul 28th, 2016
Steven Nuttall

Manzanilla cordial let down with furniture polish

Manzanilla cordial let down with furniture polish

Nov 25th, 2015
Eugênio Oliveira

2010 vintage, 80% menu pineau and 20% romorantin. Perfect, several layers of complexity, permeated by acidity and emotion.

2010 vintage, 80% menu pineau and 20% romorantin. Perfect, several layers of complexity, permeated by acidity and emotion.

Aug 3rd, 2015