Domaine Pierre et Jerome Coursodon, St. Joseph, Silice (rouge) 2012

Appellation: St. Joseph

Region: Rhône

Country: France

Color: Red

Varietal(s): Syrah

About The Producer

The father-son wine making team, Pierre and Jerome Coursodon, are nothing but impressive. They are rising stars that need to be on your short list for the Northern Rhone. This dynamic duo (4th and 5th generation winemakers) work the steep inclines of St. Joseph with backbreaking care to produce astonishingly beautiful St. Joseph wines. They own 16 ha with 13.5 ha planted to Syrah and 2.5 ha planted to Marsanne and Roussanne vines.

Terroir & Vineyard Practices:

The vineyards face south, south-east on the steep slopes of the St. Joseph appellation with a mix of schist and granite soils. Goblet pruning. No mechanization is used, only manual work is permissible in the vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Pierre and Jerome use exacting care with their wines - they are all about quality rather than quantity. The Silice Rouge is their entry level red made from 100% Syrah boasts all the fruit and floral notes found in Syrah. Ruby color. The nose bursts with mature blackberry fruits, which presents on the palate. A well-balanced wine with fine tannins. Potential to age in the cellar for a few years.


Strictly manual grape harvest and with a first sorting in the vineyard. The grapes are brought to the winery in 40kg wooden tubs. The second sorting is done upon arrival at the winery with 100% destemming. Maceration and fermentation are made in open vats during 18 days with punching the cap twice a day. Ageing in oak barrels for 15 months.


  • 90-92 points – Vinous: “Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented black raspberry, mocha, pipe tobacco and licorice on the nose, with a sexy floral topnote. Sweet, spicy and penetrating, displaying a silky texture to its dark berry and spicecake flavors. Shows pinot-like character--or at least pinot from a warm region. Finishes round and supple, with soft tannins, good breadth and a lingering suggestion of violet.”- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
  • "Leading off the three reds presented, the 2012 Saint Joseph Silice was completely destemmed and aged 12 months in a combination of smaller barrels and demi-muid. Loaded with notions of smoked black fruits, underbrush and earth, it’s a dark, chewy, medium to full-bodied, mineral-laced effort to drink over the coming 7-8 years. Drink 2014-2022. ."- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate