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Domaine Courbis Cornas Champelrose 2009

Domaine Courbis Cornas Champelrose 2009


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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.
Category Red Wine
Region France, Rhone, Cornas
Brand Domaine Courbis
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Wine AdvocateInterestingly, the 2009 Cornas Champelrose is slightly more voluptuously textured and softer. However, I wonder if its sexy display of cassis fruit and extravagant richness is hiding more tannin than is obvious? In any event, it is a prodigious Cornas possessing all the pepper, smoked game, blackberry, cassis, burning ember and scorched earth characteristics one could desire. This rich, full-bodied 2009 should be a singular Cornas to drink over the next 15+ years.

Robert Parker, February 2011
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Wine SpectatorBig 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.

James Molesworth, October 15, 2011