2016 Domaine Courbis Champelrose Cornas, Northern Rhone, France

2016 Domaine Courbis Champelrose Cornas, Northern Rhone, France


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Syrah was never so fresh and vibrant, but still so comforting and alluring!  Another great vintage, but this Champelrose will drink earlier than the more structured and intense 2015.  Cornas, meaning “burnt earth” (Celtic), was established in 1938.  It is one of the smallest AOC with just 90 hectares.  Only 100% Syrah is produced, the best are typically from steep granite slopes with a east south east exposure.  Champelrose is from a destemmed selection of younger vine parcels.

“The entry-level Cornas from Courbis, the 2016 Cornas Champelrose sees no new oak. It offers briary aromas of red raspberries, a velvety, open-knit texture and a long finish tinged with orange zest and clove. Drink this medium to full-bodied wine from its release in early 2018 through 2025”. (92-94) WA

“Very fresh, with a core of cassis and bitter plum fruit that races through nicely, lined with light chalk, floral and savory notes. Chalky minerality holds sway on the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. Best from 2020 through 2030. 2,000 cases made, 200 cases imported.” 92 points, Wine Spectator — JM


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