domaine courbis st. joseph les royes 2016 750ml
100% Sryah grapes.
Chalky-clay soils. One of the rare St Joseph red to emerge from an exclusively chalky soil.
Genuine "circus" the "Royes", a 6 hectares vineyard, is the most southerly of the St Josephs, produced by a privately owned wine cellar. This spectacular site St Joseph vineyard, entirely south-facing is at the edge of the Cornas wine growing area.
Approximately 18,000 bottles annually. Vield close to 25 hl/ha.
New vathouse. Manual harvest in small boxes. Destemming (100%). Vinification in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks. Temperature controlled at 30-32Â°C. Maximum color extraction. 3 weeks of maturation.
New barrels (1/3), 1 year old barrels (1/3) and 2 years old barrels (1/3). Numerous and regular racking. Bottling after 16-18 months of maturation.
94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"From a terrific vineyard on the southern side of Saint Joseph, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Royes offers more finesse and elegance, with awesome notes of cassis, crushed violets, pepper, and spring flowers. Showing terrific minerality on the palate, with a tight, focused, oh so classic profile, it's a gorgeous Saint Joseph that will keep for 10-15 years."
91-94 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Aging in approximately 30% new oak, the 2016 Saint Joseph Les Royes comes from a limestone-based terroir. It's plummy and supple, with cedar and vanilla highlights." 92 points - Decanter
"The grapes for this wine come from a rare outcrop of chalky soils in the southern part of the appellation. It has a bright, pure expression of classic St-Joseph, with dark berry fruit. It's very well balanced with good acidity and ripe tannin - a pure, polished and glossy style that's well executed. 25% new oak. "
92 points - Vinous
"Opaque ruby. Pungent black raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are complemented by suggestions of potpourri and vanilla. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering spice-accented black and blue fruit flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end thrust. Juicy and seamless in texture, finishing quite long, with zesty, minerally drive and harmonious tannins."
92 points - Wine Spectator
"Delightfully ripe, featuring a good fleshy feel to the mix of plum and boysenberry fruit flavors, with additional violet, licorice and toast accents throughout."
91 points - James Suckling
"This has a very ripe, bright and attractive, mixed-berry nose and a wealth of rich, graphite-infused, dark berries on the smooth, velvety palate."
"From chalk soil. Luxurious sweet spice, ripe black fruit with dark chocolate and rich, supple spice. Rich but with fine structure. Lovely delicacy yet no lack of fruit. 17.5/20 points"
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