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  • Beautifully balanced and flavoursome
  • Lovely texture with bright acidity
  • Great drinking now and for the next 5 years

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose A lifted nose of dark berried fruit, forest undergrowth, oak and sweet spice.
Palate The palate begins with a burst of supple red berry and sweet cherry flavours balanced by bright acidity and nicely textured tannins.
Food Pairing Roast loin of pork with crispy crackling and roasted apple sauce.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes This is a very attractive Cotes du Rhone that will deliver relaxed drinking pleasure over the next five years.
Variety Grenache Blend
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Rhone Valley
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Les Courtilles
Les Courtilles is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. After a lifetime spent working and living in the South of France Bernard has developed a wide network of friendships with growers throughout the region allowing him access to some of the best parcels of old vine fruit. This fruit goes in to the Les Courtilles wines.

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 and produces wines of considerable value and great drinkability from each region.
Rhone Valley
The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.


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