Domaine Pierre et Jerome Coursodon, St. Joseph, Silice (rouge) 2015
Appellation: St. Joseph
About The ProducerThe 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 NotesPierre 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.
VinificationStrictly 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.
- 92 points – Wine Advocate: “The 2015 Saint Joseph Silice outperforms its entry-level status, offering up hints of wet stone and a whirl of mixed red and black cherries. Medium to full-bodied, it’s creamy and plush on the palate, firming up just enough on the long finish. It should drink well for a decade. Drink 2018-2028.”- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
- 92 points – Wine Spectator: “Shows lovely integration already, with a broad, ripe, fleshy feel that lets bay leaf, black tea and alder notes weave amid the core of warm plum paste and steeped blackberry fruit flavors. Everything pulls together nicely through the long, alluring finish. Drink now through 2027.” — JM, Wine Spectator
- 91-93 points – Jeb Dunnuck: “As to the 2015s, the largest production effort is the 2015 Saint Joseph Silice, a classic, elegant St Joseph that’s well worth seeking out. Blackberries, leafy herbs, pepper and violet notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Syrah that has fine tannin and good acidity. I suspect it's going to be a seriously good value.”- Jebdunnuck.com
- 90-92 points – Vinous: “(aged in used barriques for 15 months) Brilliant ruby. Bright and energetic on the perfumed nose, displaying an array of dark fruit and floral scents that pick up mineral and spice accents with air. Juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good clarity and vivacious character thanks to a core of zesty acidity. In a lively style for a ripe vintage. Finishes gently sweet and long, with supple tannins coming in late.”- Josh Raynolds, Vinous