St Joseph, Domaine Courbis

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St Joseph, Domaine Courbis

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Producer Note

Domaine Courbis dates from the 16th century and has been handed down from father to son since the start of the 20th century. It is 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 and the 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.

Vineyard

St Joseph is situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Isère rivers on the right bank of the Rhône. Domaine Courbis owns the most southern parcels of the St Joseph appellation, on very steep and terraced slopes, with a southern and eastern orientation. The soils comprise 30% clay and limestone, and 70% decomposed granite, which retains the heat from the day and promotes a long slow ripening period for the grapes. A green harvest takes place to encourage more mature flavour compounds and increase the quality of the berries. The average yield is 37 hectolitres per hectare.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand harvested in small boxes, 100% de-stemmed and lightly pressed. Vinification took place in sealed stainless steel closed vats at controlled temperatures of between 30 to 32°C. Maceration lasted between 12 to 15 days to achieve the maximum colour extraction. The wine was then matured for 14 months, with 85% aged in oak and 15% remaining in stainless steel tanks. The wine underwent regular racking before fining and bottling.

Tasting Note

A refined and aromatic nose of ripe red fruits which creates an elegant opulence. The harmoniously balanced palate shows some peppery notes, backed by fine, silky tannins. Supple and moreish on the finish.

Serving Suggestion

Rich dishes such as a slow roasted shoulder of lamb, roasted venison or game.

Grape

Syrah 100%

Producer:  Domaine Courbis
Grape Varieties:  Syrah
Optimum Drinking:  Within 8 years
Wine Style:  Spicy and smoky with rounded tannins
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Natural Cork
Country:  France
Style / Colour:  Red

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