Grape Variety: 75% Grenache, 15% Shiraz, 10% Carrignan
Winemaker: Bernard Schurr
Summary: Les Courtilles (a series of small courtyards) is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. The Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone is sourced from 35 year old vines on the right bank of the Rhone between Orange and Avignon
Winemaking: The fruit was hand-harvested and completely de-stemmed before a long cold soak on skins and open fermentation in small concrete vessels, pumped over twice daily. The wine was transferred to stainless steel tank to finish fermentation before a further nine months maturation on lees in tank. The wine was bottled with minimal fining, filtration or sulphur addition.
Tasting Notes: Deep red in colour, matched to nose of dark berried fruit, exotic spice with hints of wild forest. The palate is fresh and vibrant, beginning with generous Grenache-derived red berry fruits. The increased Shiraz component reveals its presence in the dense and powerful mid-palate, given definition by pronounced but supple tannins. The power, precision and freshness of this wine will offer outstanding drinking pleasure for the next five years.