2009 St Joseph Rouge, Silice, Domaine Coursodon

2009 St Joseph Rouge, Silice, Domaine Coursodon

Product: 20091485196
2009 St Joseph Rouge, Silice, Domaine Coursodon

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Rhône 2009 - Berrys Recommends
With plenty of bright and red & black fruit, allied to ripe tannins and a great structure, the 2009 St Joseph 'Silice' is a fine example of this up and coming commune.
(Fergus Stewart, BBR Fine Wine) Jérôme describes the 2009 vintage as powerful and robust and the power is certainly evidenced in the Silice, which has a rich texture and a real weight of damson and cherry fruit. The trademark St Joseph minerality and Coursodon polish are not absent, however, and there is a pleasing spicy finish.
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Wine Advocate90/100
Wine Advocate90/100
In ascending order of quality, richness and potential longevity, the reviews start with the 2009 St.-Joseph Silice, the most easy to drink of this quartet. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as wonderfully opulent plum, black raspberry and strawberry fruit intermixed with hints of licorice and forest floor. This pure, voluptuously textured, seductive beauty can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
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About this WINE

Domaine Coursodon

Domaine Coursodon

Based in St Joseph, this small 16-hectare domaine places great emphasis on its granitic terroir, considering its wines to be both pure and compelling. This is a thread which runs through all the property’s wines. Jérôme Coursodon is the fifth generation of his family to run the estate. Ever affable, he says, “I tend to produce generous, powerful and elegant wines. Wines with a soul and made with grapes with character.”

Jérôme talks positively about the vigour and energy in his 2019s which has been something of a revelation to him, given the multiple heat waves over the summer. We look forward to seeing the return of Jérôme’s white wines again in our offer next year.

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Saint-Joseph

Saint-Joseph

St Joseph is the second-largest appellation in the Northern Rhône with 50 growers producing wines from over 600 hectares of vineyards. Established in 1956, over 90 percent of the wine is red – made exclusively from the Syrah grape. The white wines, meanwhile, are typically a blend of Marsanne and Roussanne varieties. Its vineyards run due south on the west side below Condrieu, and are in six communes: Mauves, Tournon, St Jean-de-Muzols, Lemps, Vion and Glun.

The styles of wine in St Joseph tend to be much lighter than other red Appellations d'Origine Contrôlee and the quality can vary dramatically. The soils and climate differ, as it is a long, narrow AOC. There is no particular characteristic of the commune as some wines are produced near Côte-Rôtie, while others are near to Cornas.

The best St Josephs are still produced in the original heartland of the appellation between St Jean-de-Muzols and Mauves, where soils are predominately granitic with patches of limestone and schist. Typically, even the finest St Josephs are slightly lighter and faster-maturing than the wines of Hermitage, as St Joseph's east-facing vineyards lose the sun up to two hours earlier in the crucial ripening season.

To meet demand, some extensions of the appellation have been made on less than ideal land, producing wines of indifferent quality.

Recommended producers: Pierre GaillardJerome Coursodon, Paul Jaboulet
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1990

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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