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Domaine Courbis, Les Eygats, Cornas 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Rhone Valley
Grape Variety: Syrah
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Availability:14 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
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Product Code: FRRH0560B18S
£44.45

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2021 edition article Cornas to drink now: my top 20 (see blue link below).

Domaine Courbis, Les Eygats, Cornas 2018 - December 2021 Decanter review

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 polished 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, conducive to producing low yields.

The spring of 2018 was varied. March was cold and rainy, followed by a warm April and a sunny May. The summer that followed delivered exceptionally warm, sunny days throughout and the temperatures were above average for the duration, which allowed the grapes to reach excellent maturity, resulting in expressive wines with wonderful fruit concentration.

The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed and lightly pressed. Vinification took place in closed stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 30 and 32°C. The maceration process lasted for 12 to 15 days until the desired levels of colour and flavour were extracted. The wine was then transferred to vats (50%) and French oak barrels (50%) of which 25% were new. The wine underwent malolactic conversion and was bottled after 18 months ageing in oak.

Syrah 100%.

This classic Cornas has a round and textured palate enveloped in luscious deep black cherry flavours, with subtle spice and delicate oak notes. A wine of great finesse with a long, exquisite finish.