Domaine Coursodon Saint Joseph L`olivaie 2014 750ml
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Domaine Coursodon Saint Joseph L`olivaie Syrah 2014

Saint Joseph - Rhone Valley - France

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Coursodon Saint Joseph L`olivaie Syrah 2014

Rated 92 by Decanter
Deep ruby. Powerful mineral- and pepper-accented aromas of fresh blueberry, licorice and candied flowers, and a subtle hint of olive in the background. Juicy and seamless on the palate, displaying appealingly sweet black and blue fruit flavors that show excellent depth and clarity. Offers a suave blend of power and finesse, finishing with bright mineral lift and smooth tannins that add gentle grip and focus. (Vinous)
Rated 92 by Robert Parker
A wine I buy by the case, the 2014 St Joseph l'Olivaie comes from 60 plus year-old vines planted in pure granite soils. Seeing a four-week maceration, it aged in slightly more new French oak than the Le Paradis Saint Pierre release, and spends 14 months in 25% new small barrels and demi-muids. It exhibits tons of cassis and jammy blackberry fruit, licorice and crushed flowers to go with a medium-bodied, finesse-driven style on the palate. The purity here is superb and it has ripe, sweet tannin that emerge on the finish. It should drink nicely on release and hold through at least 2024.

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Varietal: Syrah

There are few red wine grape varietals in the world quite as versatile as that of the Shiraz/Syrah vine. These powerful darkly colored grapes are responsible for several wildly popular wines, and are used in the production of still, fortified and sparkling wines, all which carry its magnificent strong flavors very well indeed. This grape varietal is a robust one, easily adaptable to several different climates and terroirs, and yet has a strong ability to express the conditions it is grown in when it ferments and is drank. Most typically, Shiraz/Syrah wines are known for spicy flavors with a big fruity punch, and the fact that they can demonstrate the decisions made by the winemakers in their secondary flavors very clearly.

Region: Rhone Valley

The southern French wine region of the Rhone Valley has been home to wine-makers for over two thousand years, with the first grapevines of the region being cultivated in around 600 BCE when the ancient Greeks arrived with their knowledge of viticulture and eagerness to produce more wine. Today, the region is famed around the world for the excellence of its produce, and has dozens of wineries making the most of the wide range of grape varietals which flourish there. In the northern sub-region, the continental climate and brisk winds coming off the Central Massif allow wineries to grow a smaller range of varietals – predominantly Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier, whereas the southern, more Mediterranean sub-region allows far more range. Here, dozens of varietals are grown for the production of white, red and rosé wines, all packed full of flavor and able to express the unique terroir they are grown on.

Country: France

France is renowned across the globe for its quality wines and the careful expertise which goes into making them, but what is truly remarkable about this relatively small country is the vast range of wines it produces in such huge amounts each year. Not only are the finest red wines in the world said to come from the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but elsewhere in the country we find the Champagne region, and areas such as the Rhone Valley and the Loire, whose white wines consistently receive awards and accolades by the plenty. This range is a result of the great variety of climatic conditions and terrain found in France, coupled with generations of wine makers working within single appellations. Their knowledge of specific terroirs and grape varieties has, over time, perfected the production of wines within their region, and the end results continue to impress the world to this day.