2015 Domaine Courbis Cornas EygatsSyrah / Shiraz from France
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100% Syrah. The one hectare, single-vineyard, terraced Cornas Les Eygats site is situated at a relatively high 250 meters of altitude. It has pure, decomposed granite soil and ...
- 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95-97 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“An estate that readers need to have on their radar is that of Brothers Laurent and Dominique Courbis, in the village of Châteaubourg. The entire lineup is a treasure trove of quality wines, which can generally be found at reasonable prices.”
100% Syrah. The one hectare, single-vineyard, terraced Cornas Les Eygats site is situated at a relatively high 250 meters of altitude. It has pure, decomposed granite soil and an ideal south-east exposure. The vines are 20 years old. Les Eygats benefits from 3 weeks of vatting to extract as much color and flavor as possible. It is aged entirely in barriques for 16 months, of which 50% are new and 50% one-year old. A highly concentrated wine, packed with mineral-tinged smoky black fruit that can age for many years but is always inviting when young. 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. They have since firmly established themselves as leaders of the modern school of winemaking in St Joseph and Cornas. The Courbis style may be summarized as offering wines filled with intense aromas and concentrated fruit with great purity and length. This is in large part achieved by a combination of meticulous and sustainable vineyard work undertaken to attain perfectly ripe, healthy, concentrated grapes together with fermenting in tanks and aging in barriques. The wines emphasize the expression of fruit while highlighting the specific character of the various St-Joseph and Cornas vineyard origins. The estate owns 33 hectares divided as follows: 8 hectares in Cornas; 5 hectares of St Joseph Blanc; 19 hectares of St Joseph Rouge and 1 hectare of Syrah Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche. The vineyards are all on south and east facing slopes in the communes of Châteaubourg, Glun and Cornas. All the grapes are harvested by hand, rigorously sorted and 100% de-stemmed. The maceration period for the Syrahs lasts between two and four weeks. The wines mature in barriques which are new or up to three years old. They are bottled between 18 months and two years after harvest.
95-97 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||currant, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry|
|Nose||spice box, cedar and dark fruit|