Domaine Pierre et Jerome Coursodon, St. Joseph, Olivaie 2011
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 very steep slopes sitting in shallow granite soil. Old-vines that are Goblet pruned. High density planting. No mechanization is used, only manual work is permissible in the vineyards.
Tasting NotesThe Olivaie is a generous and full-bodied Syrah and one of the greatest wines from the estate and St. Joseph appellation. Saturated dark crimson color with purple reflections. A concentrated nose of red fruits and spices. On the palate the wine has length and power, revealing silky tannins completed by a well-balanced structure. With cellaring the Olivaie becomes more rich and velvety, revealing great aromas.
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 (15% new oak barrels).
- 91 points – Vinous: “Bright ruby. Fresh blackberry and floral scents are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of dark chocolate and licorice. Supple and open-knit, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors that become spicier with aeration. Closes tangy and quite long, with sneaky tannins adding grip.”- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
- 91 points – Wine Spectator: “A nicely toasty style, offering dark anise and mocha notes, with ample fleshy blackberry and black currant fruit, energetic acidity and lively bay leaf and tobacco accents for range and balance. 680 cases made.” — JM, Wine Spectator