2009 Courbis Cornas Champelrose

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 91
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"Big and rich, but with a throwback feel to the gutsy bramble, tobacco and mulled plum flavors, all pushed by additional dark olive and roasted fig notes. Good cut on the finish offsets the richness nicely. Best from 2012 through 2019. 2,180 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Cornas Champelrose, which I loved last year, has closed down somewhat, but still reveals extraordinary minerality, a dense purple color, and more new oak than I remember from barrel. It is clearly the most modern-styled wine from Courbis, with huge power, richness and intensity. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.

Two brilliant vintages from Domaine Courbis include the more forward 2009s and the equally fine 2010s, which will require considerable patience. The 2010s have slightly higher acids, which tends to make the tannins more noticeable, but they are also extremely concentrated, with massive palate impressions. It is often said that Cornas is made for those with 19th century palates, but Courbis has tamed the uncivilized ruggedness and wilder aspects of Cornas, resulting in huge wines, but undeniably Cornas." (WA)

"Inky purple. Complex, expansive bouquet of dark berry preserves, smoky minerals and spicy vanillin oak. The palate offers concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors and impressive back-end mineral lift. Gentle tannins add shape to the very long, sweet, penetrating finish. This wine will be drinkable soon but has the depth and balance to age." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
100% Syrah.

The Cornas Champelrose comes from various vineyard parcels across the Courbis domaine. The soils are a combination of limestone and granite. The various parcels are blended to attain a wine that is ready for near term drinking upon release.

It is aged entirely in casks that are usually 10% new, 50% one year, and 20% each 2-3 years of age. The barrel-aging period is 12 months, after which the wine is assembled in tank and aged for a few more months before bottling. It has generous fruit and shows the full character of its appellation in the attractive Courbis house style.