Laurent and Dominique Courbis, whose estate is located in the tiny village of Châteaubourg, own 50 acres in Saint Joseph and 20 acres in Cornas. From this they produce three sensational Cornas and two classically styled Saint Josephs. Looking at the Cornas releases, the Champelrose comes from the Champelrose and Chaillot regions, and is aged mostly in older oak barrels, with just 25% being new.
Full, deep, black hued robe. The nose is round and deep, full of savory black berry jam fruit with hints of floral notes. In similar vein, the palate is closely coated with compact black fruit flavors. The finish mixes roasted notes with sturdy stone fruit and a hint of rose petal. This is solid, luxurious Cornas whose strength comes from within.
"Possessing killer granite character, the 2013 Cornas Champelrose comes from a mix of estate parcels and is aged in 25% new casks, with the balance in two- to three-year-old barrels. Medium to full-bodied, fruit forward, balanced and loaded with classic notes of pepper, dark fruits and earth, it’s already delicious, but has the depth and tannic grip to hold nicely through 2023."
ROBERT PARKER 92
"A dark and grippy version, with mouthwatering anise, tapenade and licorice root notes spiking the core of plum reduction and blueberry paste flavors. Offers a very saturated feel, but maintains good cut and energy throughout. Best from 2017 through 2023."
WINE SPECTATOR 92
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