Les Courtilles (a series of small courtyards) is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. The 2014 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone is sourced from 35 year old vines on the right bank of the Rhone between Orange and Avignon.
A core blend (80%) of primarily Grenache was hand-harvested and de-stemmed before a long cold soak and fermentation in small concrete vats, pumped over twice daily. Transferred to a stainless steel tank to finish fermentation before blending with a component (20%) of barrel-matured Cotes de Rhone Villages fruit from the Plan de Dieu, adding depth, complexity and structure to the wine whilst increasing cellaring potential.
A story of three parts, with the season starting with a very warm and dry spring with flowering a month early. A very cool summer set in with revitalising rains, delaying development and requiring careful vineyard management before a welcome burst of Autumn heat. The third in a trio of excellent vintages, 2011 will be known as a drinkers vintage with approachable and perfectly balanced wines.
A brooding nose of dark berried fruit, forest undergrowth, oak and sweet spice. The palate begins with a flood of supple red berry and sweet cherry flavours balanced by bright / mouth- watering acidity and nicely textured tannins. Beautifully balanced and flavoursome, the 2011 is a classic Cotes du Rhone – focussed on delivering maximum drinking pleasure