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Les Courtilles (a series of small courtyards) is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. A lifetime working and living in the South of France has built a network of friendships, allowing Bernard access to small parcels of old vines to create the Les Courtilles wines. After much experimentation, Bernard has settled on the South Rhone Valley and it’s two most famous appellations - Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone for Les Courtilles.

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.  

Les Courtilles has offered keen value for money in the Australian market for six or seven years now. This is a good way to spend 20 bucks. It’s a lively red, berried, spicy, slightly smoky/clovey/meaty but basically fruit-driven, ripe and bright. There’s a slip of tannin but it’s gum-smooth, almost satiny, or perhaps coated-in-fruit is a better way to describe it. No complaints or surprises here. Just good drinking in a medium-weight manner. Just enough ‘interest’ too. Tasted: Dec 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2021; Rating: 90 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

This brilliantly-priced red offers fragrant aromas of dark berry, raspberry, toasted almond, game and floral on the nose. The palate is equally attractive, displaying juicy fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, nicely supported by smooth texture and polished tannins. Modern, flavoursome and very likable. At its best: now to 2019; Rating 90 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit

 

 

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