2016 Saint Joseph La Cotte Sud, Domaine Courbis

These vines are planted directly onto granite in the sweetspot of the slope. The fruit is dark and ripe but fresh. Loads of energy and depth, with real elegance.

Critic score
14 available
Case, 6 Bottles
2 available


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  • Maturity
    Ready 2019 - 2027
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2016 Saint Joseph La Cotte Sud, Domaine Courbis


The only one of Courbis’ 2016s from Saint Joseph to really require any sort of cellaring is the 2016 Saint Joseph La Cote Sud. This is sourced from 25-year-old vines planted on granitic, south-facing slopes and will spend 18 months in 50% new oak before being bottled in June 2018. This medium to full-bodied Syrah offers up hints of espresso and peppery spice layered atop ripe, plummy fruit. It’s supple upfront, then firms up on the long finish.

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (December 2017)
Domaine Courbis

Winemaking has been the Courbis family vocation since 1587. Today, his sons Laurent (the vinifier) and Dominique (who runs the vineyard) make wines in five appellations, including in St.-Joseph for more than 400 years and in Cornas since 1982. The modern, polished style of Domaine Courbis belies the historic roots of the family, and it has long been considered one of the top concerns in the Northern Rhône. This domaine is the perfect example of modern vinification meeting classic viticulture.

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