52% Grenache, 40% Shiraz, 8% Mourvedre, Screwcap closure. Les Courtilles (a series of small courtyards) is named after the village winery founded in 1997 by Bernard Schurr. The 2009 Les Courtilles Cotes du Rhone is sourced from 35 year old vines on the right bank of the Rhone between Orange and Avignon. The fruit was hand-harvested and completely de-stemmed before a long cold soak on skins and open fermentation in small concrete vessels, pumped over twice daily. The wine was transferred to stainless steel tank to finish fermentation before a further nine months maturation on lees in tank. The wine was bottled with minimal fining, filtration or sulphur addition.
A lifted and attractive nose, very modern in style and unforced, with red berry aromas met by spice and dried herbs. The palate is likewise fruit focussed and vibrant with supple black berries, candied fruit and aniseed surrounded by soft savoury spice and fine tannins. Alcohol: 14.0%
Amazing value, this sums up the best Cotes du Rhone. A blend of grenache, syrah, mourvedre and carignan grown on 35 year old vines between Orange and Avignon, it opens with spice, raspberry and earthy aromas. It’s supple in the mouth with lovely flow and lingering flavour, supported by fine, easy tannins; Rating: 93 Points; Ralph Kyte-Powell; The Age Epicure and Sydney Morning Herald Good Living
Youthful yet gorgeous and complex on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, floral and spice characters. The palate is succulent and rounded with lovely fruit-richness and plenty of polished tannins. It's comforting and immensely delicious. At its best: now to 2016. Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
It’s offered excellent value from the first release but for personal drinking preference – this is my favourite of the Les Courtilles releases so far. Blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre. 35 year old vines. Some up-front oomph. Warm flavours. Sweet and sour cherries, chocolate powder, roses, pebbles. Feels firm in the mouth. Elegant for the most part but sure-footed and flavoursome. Nutty aftertaste. Fantastic drinking. Rated: 91 Points; Tasted: May 2012; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2013 - 2018; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
A blend of 70% Grenache, 27% Syrah with small amounts of Mourvèdre and Carignan in the mix - very much an example of what Australian producers are up against in the value stakes when it comes to imported reds sitting around the twenty-dollar mark. It’s a simple sort of wine but gosh it smells and tastes good. The fruit is sourced from the right bank of the Rhône between Orange and Avignon. Fairly typical sweet red berry/cherry fruits, sandy earth and granite minerality. An inviting rose petal fragrance with scattered dried herbs on the back-palate. It has a touch of warmth but a fair amount of verve as well. Oak sits well behind the fruit, contributing little in the way of overt flavour. Satisfactory if not great length and ample utilitarian structure. For the money it’s bang on. Pretty much ready to go now although I doubt a few more years will hurt it. Rating: 90 Points. Jeremy Pringle; Wine Will Eat Itself
This blend of grenache and syrah, with a dash of mourveddre and carignan, is a ripper for the price. It's bursting with red fruits and spice, alongside hints of wood and red liquorice. You can't miss the distinctive grainy tanninsof the grenache. Les Courtilles is mediumweight and highly gluggable, thanks to its acidity and freshness. A terrific, everyday red. Jane Faulkner; Sydney Morning Herald - Weekend