What the Critics say
Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented blueberry, cherry and a hint of cracked pepper on the powerful nose. Appealingly sweet in the mouth, showing impressive depth to the ripe, smoke- and spice-tinged black/blue fruit preserve flavors. Shows a building floral quality and solid thrust on the youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind candied violet and licorice notes.
The origins of the Courbis family estate date back to the 16th century. More recently, the brothers Dominique and Laurent Courbis succeeded their father, Maurice, in the early 1990s. Working from their gravity fed winery built into the slopes of St Joseph, the two are at the forefront of modern winemaking in the Northern Rhone.
Grapes are hand harvested and 100 percent de-stemmed.The Syrahs are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel. Timings vary across the range. Lighter red wines are matured in a mix of tank and used barriques while top Cornas and St Joseph see a mix of new and one year old oak.
|Grape Variety||Syrah / Shiraz|