Sometimes it’s good to have a little mystery in life. Icaunais is a mysterious, high acid red wine produced by Claude and Etienne Courtois. Icaunais is a local name within the VDP Sologne of France for the grape variety Gascon, a grape that is so obscure, few folks within the region even know about it. The fruit was sourced from 8 to 10 year old vines, harvested by hand, and destemmed prior to being gently pressed. It rested for 30 months in barrel.
- Claude Courtois does not consider himself to be a biodynamic vigneron, but he farms a balanced and chemical-free 13 hectares of vines in the Sologne VDP.
- Claude’s son, Etienne is starting to help his father out with the vinification process, and is continuing his father’s legacy at the estate.
- Gascon channels major Gamay and Mondeuse vibes.
- True crime podcasts.
- 20th Century Existentialist novels, like The Stranger by Albert Camus.
- Korean BBQ ribs.
- Bringing a bottle of this to a community theater production of “Waiting for Godot.”