Domaine Coursodon - 2012 Saint Joseph Rouge, Le Paradis Saint Pierre
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Inside the bottle: Recently we learned that Jerome Coursodon doesn’t have much tolerance for bitterness in his wines, so he picks fruit ripe enough to avoid bitter seed and skin tannins. The result is fully manifested in this wine which is filled with ripe red and black fruits that are pushed to the limit while staying fresh and bright. This wine keeps half of its stems, which contribute to the vast array of complexities that are found inside this beast. It's ripeness opens up a new level of exotic fruit aromas that comfortably rest next to its salty, iodine and aged meat aromas. On the palate, it is fully present in every corner of your mouth and finishes with an enviable length of sweet tannins. A famous critic claimed that the 2010 version of this wine was one of the finest St. Josephs he have ever tasted. We don’t put stock into what the critics say, but we are not surprised.
Terroir: The vines for this wine come from the terroir that this appellation was named after, St. Joseph, as well as the “Paradis” lieu-dit. Sitting on pure granite and gneiss, these 80+ year-old vines deliver grapes of immeasurable complexity and depth. It is an intimidating car ride to get to the top as it looks like you are driving on air on certain parts of the climb. Once you get there, you cannot see the bottom of the hill but can only imagine falling down it to get there. There is no doubt that this hill has a few souls resting on it.