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 of primarily Grenache was hand-harvested and de-stemmed before a long cold soak and fermentation in small concrete vats, pumped over twice daily.
Classic Cotes du Rhone with an evocative nose of dark berried fruit, savoury undergrowth, a hint of oak and nuanced spice. The palate displays supple red berry and sweet cherry flavours balanced by judicious acidity and nicely textured tannins complexed by earthy notes.
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