Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone
Cotes du Rhone
A taste of the Southern Rhone at a fantastic price. Les Courtilles is an approachable, medium-bodied and fruity red wine that always delivers. Excellent value
Min. Quantity: 3
Les Courtilles is a wonderful and very easy drinking Cotes du Rhone. Sourced from 35 year old vines in the Southern Rhone and made with mostly Grenache, Les Courtilles offers flavours of raspberry, strawberry, white pepper and liquorice. Bright acidity and nicely textured tannins make this wine an ideal match for pork belly, BBQ ribs or pizza. Excellent value.
The grapes were grown in the Southern Rhone and were hand harvested and de-stemmed before a long cold soak and fermentation in small concrete vats. The vats were pumped over twice daily. The wine was then transferred into a stainless steel tank to finish fermentation before blending with a component (20%) of barrel matured Cotes du Rhone Villages fruit from the Plan de Dieu which added depth, complexity and structure to the wine, while also increasing the cellaring potential.
Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 10% Carignan.
Drink now or within 3-5 years of release.
Les Courtilles (the French word for a series of small courtyards) is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. A lifetime working and living in the South of France has built a network of friendships, allowing Bernard access to small parcels of old vines to create the Les Courtilles wines. After much experimentation, Bernard has settled on the South Rhone Valley and it’s two most famous appellations - Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone for Les Courtilles.
About Grenache & Grenache blends
Grenache is grown around the world and it is mostly known as a blending partner with other grape varieties. However, when it is made into a varietal wine on it's own, Grenache can produce a richly flavoured red wine that shows an abundance of red berries and delicious peppery spices. Some of the finest wines from Chateauneuf du Pape, in the Southern Rhone, are made from 100% Grenache. Other great wines from this region are made from Grenache blended with Syrah and Mourvedre. These iconic wines are also full-bodied, rich and textural with a concentration of spicy red fruit aromas and flavours. In Spain, Grenache is known as Garnacha and it is used in blends with Tempranillo, from regions such as Priorat and Rioja. Outside of Europe, some of the world's highest quality Grenache wines are made in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, as well as other Australian regions. Made from old bush vines, these wines are known for their impressive concentration of ripe fruit flavours and their overall approachability. Being a late ripening grape, Grenache needs to be planted in warm or hot climates.
About Rhone wines & Rhone style blends
The Rhone Valley is one of France's most spectacular wine regions. Set on the banks of the River Rhone, this incredible wine region features The Northern Rhone and The Southern Rhone. In the The Northern Rhone, the only permitted red wine grape is Syrah (Shiraz), whereas The Southern Rhone is mostly known for producing Grenache, with Shiraz and Mourvedre playing a supporting role. Syrah from the Northern Rhone is deeply coloured with high levels of tannin and ripe aromas and flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and black pepper. Grenache from the Southern Rhone can be full-bodied, quite ripe and show spiced red fruit flavours such as cranberry and red plum. It also blends beautifully with Syrah and Mourvedre. Both regions also make beautiful white wines such as Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, as well as dry Rosé. However, the red wines from the Rhone Valley are distinctively powerful and they underpin the reputation of the Rhone Valley, around the world. So too, are the Rhone style red wines that produced in Australia, in regions such as The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The Rhone Valley has been a significant source of inspiration to Australian winemakers, who are also known around the world for making powerful Shiraz, Grenache or Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre (GSM) blends.
About Cotes du Rhone
Cotes du Rhone is a large appellation, or AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlee) in the South Rhone, near Avignon in France. The Cotes du Rhone also produces more than half of the wine that is made in the Southern Rhone. Most of these wines are medium bodied, fruity and simple red wines although rose and white wines are also made in this area. There is a hierarchy of appellations in the Cotes du Rhone and there are three tiers to consider. The Cotes du Rhone AOC wines are the entry point for a very drinkable and fruity wine that isn't expensive. The next level up is the Cotes Du Rhone Villages, these wines that must be made from Grenache, Syrah (Shiraz) and Mourvedre, from the named, individual villages along with other specific winemaking requirements. These are more structured wines, apart from the cru wines which are the highest classification in the Cotes du Rhone.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Light Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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