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About the domain
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
Syrah vines grow on the terraces of Cornas along the right bank of the Rhône. They are located over 250m above sea level on terraces of decomposed granite and benefit from a micro climate that gives the wine a lovely mineral framework. 5,000 bottles are produced annually from 1.2 ha of vines. The harvest is manual and the grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in thermo-regulated vats. There is frequent, careful pump-over and punch-down. Maximum colour is extracted. Malolactic fermentation is done in new barrels and the wine is aged in new barrels before being bottled after 18 months. Over time, this Cornas which is suitable for ageing, shows great finesse.