The Rhone valley encompasses two very different production zones: the North which specializes in Syrah and a bit of Marsanne/Rousanne for white wine; and the South which specializes in Grenache and Grenache Blanc for white wine. The large appellation of Cotes du Rhone can include grapes from either the North or South. However, most are produced in the southern end of the region and are largely blends with Grenache as the main grape. Northern Rhone is located just south of Lyon and contains the appellations of Cote Rotie, St. Joseph, Hermitage and Cornas, among others. Southern Rhone, which is located around the town of Avignon, is much warmer and drier and includes the appellations of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras among others.
The wine shows moderate to deep ruby red colour, with an almost purple hue indicative of its youth. A complex and rich mix of aroma’s, including black cherry, tapenade (black olive puree) crab apple, plum, cranberry and stewed strawberry fruit, with subtle licorice and mint. On the palate, the wine mirrors the nose, although the fruits tend to show a little more of a black nature than the pretty nose would imply. Some salty, black licorice notes on the finish, as well as a bit of alcoholic weight (14.5%).
The estate’s top Saint-Joseph bottling is the 2020 Domaine Gérard Courbis Saint-Joseph Vieilles Vignes. A selection from their finest old vines, this cuvee is aged for 24 months in a combination of barriques and larger 600 lt. oak barrels.
An outstanding cuvée from a small family estate, in a fantastic vintage. Run by the Boyers from their Medieval fortified house in the Rhone valley. A delicious, classic red from southern Rhone. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it is fresh and fruity.
Traditional vinification in concrete tanks, using low temperature fermentation (under 20°C / 68°F). Maceration in tanks for 2 to 4 weeks.
Alluring notes of raspberry preserve, violet and pronounced notes of dried thyme and rosemary accent this sun-drenched Grenache/Syrah/Carignan blend. Baked black-cherry and grape-jelly flavors are hedonistic and dense. Supple, silky texture is contrasted by pleasantly ripe gripping tannins and lingering notes of earth and spice on the finish.
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