2019 Cornas, Les Eygats, Domaine Courbis, Rhône

2019 Cornas, Les Eygats, Domaine Courbis, Rhône

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2019 Cornas, Les Eygats, Domaine Courbis, Rhône

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The 2019 Cornas Les Eygats is much more inward and focused, with full-bodied power and gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, crushed stone, graphite, bacon fat, and violets. The Champelrose and Sabarotte are expansive and opulent on the palate, so this style is tight, chiselled, and incredibly precise. Given its purity and balance, it’s another Cornas that offers ample pleasure today yet will benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar and drink fabulously well over the following 10-15.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (February 2022)

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Critics reviews

Josh Raynolds, Vinous96/100

Deep violet colour. Displays expansive, oak-spiced dark berry preserve, candied liquorice, smoked meat and potpourri aromas with a bright, mineral overtone. The mineral note repeats on the palate, which features vibrant blueberry, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and mocha flavours that slowly open up with aeration. Closes impressively long and smoky, with reverberating minerality and building tannins. 50% new oak.

Drink 2029 - 2039

Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (December 2022)

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Wine Advocate92+/100

Lifted and peppery on the nose, the 2019 Cornas les Eygats balances those elements with concentrated, jammy cherries and then those sweet, fruity notes with dense, chewy tannins. At the moment, it’s all a bit too much and pulling in different directions, but I suspect it will come together with additional time in the bottle.

Drink 2025 - 2035

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (January 2022)

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Jeb Dunnuck97+/100

The 2019 Cornas Les Eygats is much more inward and focused, with full-bodied power and gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, crushed stone, graphite, bacon fat, and violets. The Champelrose and Sabarotte are expansive and opulent on the palate, so this style is tight, chiselled, and incredibly precise. Given its purity and balance, it’s another Cornas that offers ample pleasure today yet will benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar and drink fabulously well over the following 10-15.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (February 2022)

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About this WINE

Domaine Courbis

Domaine Courbis

With a history spanning several generations, Domaine Courbis has earned a stellar reputation for producing exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Northern Rhône Valley of France.

The estate was founded in 1958 by Maurice Courbis and is now run by his two sons, Laurent and Dominique Courbis. The family's passion for winemaking and deep respect for tradition and innovation have contributed to their success and acclaim.

The vineyards are situated on steep slopes characteristic of the region. The estate primarily cultivates two renowned appellations: Saint Joseph and Cornas, which are known for producing some of the finest Syrah wines in the world.

The vineyards span approximately 35 hectares (86 acres) and are meticulously maintained. The emphasis on sustainable farming practices, such as organic and biodynamic viticulture, ensures the health of the vines and the preservation of the environment. The careful selection of vineyard sites and low-yielding vines produces grapes with intense flavours and optimal ripeness.

With a commitment to excellence, a focus on terroir-driven wines, and a family heritage rooted in winemaking tradition, Domaine Courbis continues to shine as a respected and esteemed producer in the Northern Rhône, offering a portfolio of wines that capture the essence of the region and delight wine lovers around the world.

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Cornas

Cornas

Cornas is a small appellation, just 150 hectares, located south of St Joseph. It’s on the west side of the river. The name “Cornas” comes from an old Celtic dialect term, meaning “burnt land”, so it’s no surprise that on the steep terraces here, facing south, temperatures are significantly higher than those in Hermitage, which is just 7km away.

The granite soils are home to the Syrah grape, producing reds that sit somewhere between those of Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. These are strong and powerful wines, with nervy acidity and a robust, rustic charm to them. Their prominent tannins mean that they often demand time in the cellar to express their underlying elegance and complexity.

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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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