2009 Courbis Cornas Sabarotte

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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"Takes a ripe, modern approach at first, with roasted fig, crushed plum and raspberry notes leading the way, but also lots of roasted earth and tobacco tugging from underneath to keep this honest. A piercing chalky streak emerges on the finish, providing added length and range. Very impressive. Best from 2014 through 2025. 250 cases made." (WS)

"One of the finest Cornas wines I have tasted is Courbis’s 2009 Cornas La Sabarotte. With a style similar to Les Eygats, it exhibits notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with incense, creosote, charcoal, roasted meats and spring flowers. It possesses fabulous fruit as well as a skyscraper-like texture. There is no evidence of new oak because of the lavish concentration. This enormously impressive, full-bodied, massive wine will be even better in 5-10 years and should last for 25+ 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)

"Inky purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, cassis, potpourri and vanilla, with sexy Indian spice notes gaining power in the glass. Broad, palate-coating dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like density but are surprisingly lithe and precise. Picks up a bright mineral quality with air and finishes with superb clarity, energy and persistent florality. This suave wine makes a good case against the stereotype of Cornas as rustic." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
100% Syrah.

The Cornas La Sabarotte parcel – widely considered to be among the very best sites of the appellation - has extremely old vines (most planted in 1947 but some are even older) on a granite-limestone soil.

La Sabarotte is aged in 100% new oak for 16 months and undergoes its malolactic fermentation in cask.

It is Courbis’ most dramatic wine, showing saturated black-purple in color with layers of chewy, ripe, sweet fruit with black olive and berry, tar and mineral notes. It has remarkable intensity and richness.