Dark violet colour. Ripe dark berries, pungent flowers, liquorice and cracked pepper on the expressive nose. Juicy and broad on entry, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry and baking spice flavours and a sweetening vanilla flourish. Round, polished tannins emerge slowly on a very long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the berry and floral notes.
Drink 2025 - 2034
Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com (December 2022)
Looking at the Cornas, the 2019 Cornas Champelrose has a medium to full-bodied, round, nicely textured style, and while it’s unquestionably Cornas, it has a pure, elegant profile as well, and I called this quasi-modern in my notes.
Asian spice, peppery herbs, sandalwood, and some savoury herbal notes define the bouquet, and it has plenty of ripe, blacker fruits that develop with time in the glass. I like this today, and it should easily continue drinking nicely for another 10-12 years.
Drink 2022 - 2034
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (February 2022)
About this WINE
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.
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.
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.