Domaine Courbis is a family estate that dates back to the 16th century. Today, Dominique and Laurent cultivate 35 hectares of vines planted mostly on steep slopes. They produce some 160,000 cuvées in the Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitages and Saint Péray appellations. Maceration takes place in temperature controlled concrete vats and maturation in new oak barrels
About the cuvée
This cuvée is made from Syrah from the plots of land located on the right bank of the Rhône, near Valence. Cornas is blessed with an ideal micro-climate to cultivate the domain's old Syrah vines. These grow in very poor soil where rocks surface. The bunches are harvested by hand, destemmed then crushed. They are then vinified in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats. Extraction gives the wine its beautiful hue. There is numerous and regular pump-over and maceration can last almost a month. The wine is then aged in new barrels and malolactic fermentation takes place in new barriques. After 18 months’ ageing, the wine is bottled. Dominique and Laurent produce 5,000 bottles like this every year and the wine is perfect for keeping.
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