2003 Courbis St. Joseph 'Les Royes' Rouge

SKU #1029122

92 points Robert Parker: "Somewhat under the radar, but well-worth buying by the case are the 2003 Courbis St.-Josephs, which reached quality levels that transcend the appellation. The 2003 St.-Joseph Les Royes exhibits an exceptionally inky/purple color as well as a sweet, provocative nose of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and truffles. Deep and full-bodied, with a liqueur of rocks-like character, sweet tannin, and a long, delineated finish, this stunning wine should evolve for 10-12 years or longer." (02/06) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Beautiful raspberry and blackberry fruit is supported by dark cocoa, toast and tar notes. But the fruit and caressing texture lead all the way through the finish. Drink now through 2013." (11/05) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dense purple color. Intensely smoky, ripe aromas of creme de framboise, rose and violet, plus exotic oak spices. Creamy, even unctuous, with concentrated red berry flavors that build and gain in sweetness through the long, supple finish." (Jan/Feb 06)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.