2009 Domaine Courbis, Cornas “Champelrose” Rhone Red, France.
It is hard not to really enjoy this Courbis Cornas with the ripe and rich fruit and smooth oak notes, though it was less thrilling than some of the 2009 and 2010’s that I’ve tried. The 2009 Domaine Courbis, Cornas “Champelrose” is a very good wine, on the modern style with lots of reds fruits showing now and feels lush on the palate with dried currants, cherry and blueberry notes. I found this bottle at the System Bolaget in my friend’s town in Sweden and we shared it with dinner where it put lots of smiles all around the table, so it could not have been much more successful and it was very pleasing throughout dinner, and it went fast even with those that don’t enjoy wine that often. There wine gathers body and complexity with air showing a nice spice and mineral side with darker berry and licorice flashes as well. It was nice to discover Courbis again after not having one for almost a decade, and it was exciting to see it in Sweden while on vacation.
($45 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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