Domaine Pierre et Jerome Coursodon, St. Joseph, Silice (rouge) 2016
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 Spectator: “Subtle, featuring crushed cherry and plum fruit that has a restrained feel. Long, with fresh minerality coursing underneath the fruit and alluring black tea and savory notes running throughout. Drink now through 2026.” — JM, Wine Spectator
- 91 points – Jeb Dunnuck: “Readers looking to understand the style of this estate should snatch up the 2016 Saint Joseph Silice, as it's a classic Syrah that shows both the vintage character as well as the style of the estate. Blackberries, pepper herbs, and plenty of earthy minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied, charming, supple, fleshy Syrah that has sweet tannins and loads of upfront charm. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years. This cuvée comes from 30-year-old vines outside of Mauves (which is where the estate is located), was all destemmed, and spent 12 months in barrel.”- Jebdunnuck.com
- 91 points – Vinous: “Brilliant violet color. Lively, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh cherry and dark berries, smoky minerals and violet. Smooth, sappy and energetic in the mouth, offering gently sweet black raspberry, floral pastille and allspice flavors and a zesty touch of cracked pepper. Shows very good clarity and spicy cut on the floral-tinged finish, which is framed by gentle, harmonious tannins. Drink 2021-2027.”- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
- 90 points – Wine Advocate: “Hints of cracked pepper accent raspberry and cherry fruit on the nose of the 2016 Saint Joseph Silice. A medium to full-bodied, supple, charming wine, with silky tannins, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years. Drink 2018-2023.”- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate