2009 Courbis Cornas les Eygats

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"This is very pure and very sleek, with gorgeous linzer torte and boysenberry fruit racing along, while flecks of white pepper, violet and pastis fill in along the edges. Shows terrific drive through the finish, with a long, mouthwatering note. Best from 2013 through 2023. 315 cases made. " (WS)

"Gorgeous aromas of acacia flowers, blueberries and blackberries jump from the glass of the opaque purple-colored 2009 Cornas Les Eygats. Even though small barrels were used in the wine’s upbringing, there is not a trace of new oak to be found in this cuvee. Notes of roasted meats, cassis, blackberries, licorice and truffles are found in this full-bodied, sensational Cornas that should drink well for 20 years.

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)

"Opaque violet color. Highly expressive scents of blackcurrant, roasted plum, incense and pipe tobacco. A firm mineral underpinning and sound acidity frame and enliven the ripe black and blue fruit flavors, which become smokier and spicier with air. Seductively sweet on the finish, leaving behind notes of cracked pepper and star anise." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
100% Syrah.

The 1 hecatare, terraced Cornas Les Eygats site is situated at a relatively high 250 meters of altitude. It has pure granite soil and has an ideal south-east exposure.

Les Eygats is aged entirely in barriques for 16 months, of which 50% are new and 50% and one year old. It is a highly concentrated wine, packed with smoky black fruit that can age for many years but is always inviting when young.