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Producer: Domaine CourbisGrape Varieties: 100% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Robust complex spicy redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Country: France
A stunning wine. Big, spicy and textured but retaining elegance, a classic Cornas made from 100% Syrah, with a long, exquisite finish.
Domaine Courbis dates from the 16th century and has been handed down from father to son since the start of the 20th century. Now under the dynamic partnership of two brothers: Laurent, who is responsible for winemaking, and Dominique who looks after the vineyard. The vineyard currently extends to 35 hectares (including eight hectares in Cornas, five hectares in Saint Joseph Blanc and 19 hectares in Saint Joseph Rouge) in the communes of Châteaubourg and Cornas. The vines are planted on steep hillsides facing South and West. The wine cellar is modern and equipped with temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and oak casks. The wines of Domaine Courbis are of extremely high quality and are consistently met with worldwide acclaim.
Situated on the right bank of the river Rhône, not far from the city of Valence, the site of Cornas combines all the factors of a 'Grand Terroir'. Its exceptional microclimate, granite soils and old vines contribute to the potential for making great wines. The vineyard soils are made up of decomposed granite, which are free draining and very poor in nutrients, ideal for viticulture.
The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and lightly pressed. Vinification took place in sealed stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 30 and 32°C. The maceration process lasted for three weeks and the desired levels of colour and flavour were extracted. The wine was then aged in oak barrels, 50% of which was new oak.
A delicious red that goes well with game dishes and mature cheese
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