Brothers Laurent and Dominique Courbis produce some of the Cornas and Saint-Joseph’s very top wines, renowned for displaying beautiful pure expressions of their individual terroir, while representing exceptional value.
The Courbis family has been making wine since the 16th century. Today it’s “an estate that needs to be on every Northern Rhone lover’s short list” (Jeb Dunnuck). The Domaine owns 20 hectares in the Saint-Joseph appellation, as well as 8 more hectares of single vineyards in Cornas. It’s the single vineyards, Champelrose, La Sabarotte and Les Eygats, that produce the estate’s most acclaimed wines, which“never lose their sense of place and are pure, beautiful expressions of the individual parcels” (Jeb Dunnuck).
The winery is built into the hillside in the far south of the Saint-Joseph zone on the border with Cornas. It is gravity fed to allow gentle movement of must and wine. Grapes are hand harvested and 100 percent destemmed. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel. The majority of wines are aged in a combination of old and new oak.