2016 Domaine Coursodon "L'Olivaie" Saint-Joseph (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1344599 91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Leading off the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Saint Joseph L'Olivaie comes from the lieu-dit of the same name and vines averaging 60 years in age. It’s a ripe, concentrated beauty that's loaded with notions of black raspberries, scorched earth, spice and pepper. With medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, present tannin and a great finish, it's going to be a great value. I continue to love the wines from the young Jerome Coursodon, who pulls from roughly 16 hectares of vines all in the southern part of Saint Joseph, mostly just outside the village of Mauves. The 2015s are monster, blockbuster styled efforts that I suspect won’t appeal to the traditionalists out there, but are singular wines. The 2016s are more elegant and finesse-driven, yet still pack in more sweet fruit than just about everyone else out there  (1/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from 60-year-old vines and aged in 15% to 20% new oak, the 2016 Saint Joseph l'Olivaie offers a concentrated mouthful of black olive and cherry fruit, a velvety texture and a long, cool finish. This medium to full-bodied wine should drink well on release and for up to decade. Young Jerôme Coursodon now farms 16 hectares in Saint Joseph, centered around Mauves, just outside Tournon. He considers the 2016s more approachable than the dense 2015s, noting that it was an excellent vintage for whites, which are growing in popularity.(JC)  (12/2017)

92 points Vinous

 (20% new oak) Saturated ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented red and blue fruit aromas show excellent delineation and are complemented by suggestions of olive and candied violet. Sappy and nicely concentrated yet energetic as well, offering juicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. Smoothly blends power and finesse and finishes very long and smooth, with supple tannins building slowly. (JR)  (4/2018)

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