Domaine Gérard Courbis is based in the village of Mauves, close to the boundary with Cornas, in the magnificent Northern Rhone Valley. Gerard Courbis, sadly, passed away recently (January 2020) but the estate remains in the hands of his sons, Ludovic and Emmanuel, who were already very much engaged in the day-to-day operations of the family estate.
The wines are made very much in a traditional and elegant style of Northern Rhône Syrah to reflect both freshness and perfume, while retaining a lovely savory edge. Once a producer of grapes for other labels, over 20 years ago Gerard made the decision to develop his own family wines.
The estate’s vines average 40 years of age and are rooted deep in granite slopes in high lying terraces which can only be harvested by hand. Most of the estate vines are clinging to the famous Saint-Joseph cradle hillside – nearing the villages of Mauves and Tournon-sur-Rhône. The steep slopes benefit from exceptional drainage, sunshine. Combine this with good vine maturity, and the Courbis’ are able to produce unique wines expressing tremendous freshness, melted tannins and yet an almost ethereal style with full-on terroir expression.
Their personal modesty belies their unparalleled talent in crafting organically (although not certified) raised wines that sing of northern Rhône landscapes and summer-ripe flavors, bottles that are not only best in their class but also set an example for elegant, site-specific reds the world over.
The Saint Joseph of Ludovic Courbis is both vibrant and spicy. Produced from vines that average 30 years, the result is a wine that is elegant and offers mouthwatering blackberry and currant flavors nuanced by earthen shades of forest floor, mushroom and game. It’s a complex yet juicy, punchy wine with mouth filling, fine-grained tannins, fresh acidity and tinges of bitter chocolate and coffee extend a long, precise finish.
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