93 Pts Wine Spectator
"Dark but very pure, with a great racy feel to the graphite, mulled plum, blackberry confiture and black tea notes. The long, supple finish just lets the fruit smolder. Gorgeous. Drink now through 2016. 1,320 cases made."
Estate: The origins of the Courbis family estate date back to the 16th century. More recently, the brothers Dominique and Laurent Courbis have succeeded their father, Maurice, who was the mayor of Chateaubourg, their hometown. The estate owns 20 hectares divided as follows: 3 ha in Cornas, 4 ha of St Joseph Blanc, and 13 hectares of St Joseph Rouge. The holdings include the steep terraced cru "Les Royes," on south-east facing limestone soils at the southern limit of the St. Joseph appellation and two very small, steep terraced parcels in Cornas -- La Sabarotte and Champelrose -- with extremely old vines on granite soils.
All the grapes are harvested by hand and yields are kept to an average of 30 hl/ha. The fruit is 100% destemmed and the maceration period for the Syrahs lasts between two and three weeks. The wines mature in oak casks which are new or up to three years old. The red wines are fined with egg whites but not filtered and are bottled between two and three years of the harvest.
The wines of the Courbis estate are some of the most compelling examples of St. Joseph and Cornas being made today. The Courbis brothers have combined their long family experience with a modern style and this has earned them international recognition. Robert Parker sums it up in his book on Rhone wines: "Courbis is a name to watch in the Northern Rhone." Courbis wines regularly receive rave reviews in Wine Spectator, International Wine Cellar, The Wine Advocate and Revue du Vin de France. -Importer
Among the single-vineyard wines, the steeply terraced St-Joseph Les Royes site is a spectacular "cirque" or steep amphitheater. It is located at the southern limit of the St. Joseph appellation, on the border of Cornas. Exposition is south-east which retains the heat of the day, while completely protecting the vines from northerly winds. The soil is a mixture of clay, granite, and limestone (the latter being the source of the small amount of Les Royes Blanc.) Yields are a miniscule 25 hl/ha.
The Les Royes Rouge is aged 100% in barrels, of which about 20% are new and the balance being between 1 and 3 years of age. After 12-14 months in cask, the wine is assembled and aged for 3 additional months in tank before bottling.
The St-Joseph Les Royes is a profound and complex wine with sweet black cherry-raspberry fruit, notes of minerals and smoke, and ripe tannins that give it remarkable structure. -Importer
This wine also scored 89 Points- Robert Parker- (Wine Advocate)