Domaine Coursodon

Jerome Coursodon

The Story

Father and son, Pierre and Jérôme Coursodon, produce stunning red and white St. Joseph wines in the town of Mauves. Pierre manages the vineyards while son, Jérôme, is at the helm of winemaking. Pierre particularly emphasizes vineyard management as being crucial to making top quality wine. Jérôme eschews dogma about anything regarding viticulture and vinification, and is willing to experiment with more modern techniques. For example, he regards fining or filtration as a positive in winemaking if properly used. Together, father and son are a formidable winemaking team.

Lay of the Land

Blood, sweat and granite. That is what these hills are made of. Once you take a look at the vineyards of the Northern Rhone with your own eyes, you have to think that the Romans were madmen to build on hills like these. Being that wine was part of a Roman soldier’s rations, it became too expensive for them to ship everything from the homeland to the frontlines of their conquests. They started planting locally and started a more sustainable ancient “farm to table” movement! There is no doubt that they used slaves to do the backbreaking work on these terraces that were first carved out by glaciers and then the torrent of the Rhône.

The establishment of the St.-Joseph appellation originally started with six communes in 1956. It was extended 13 years later to 20 communes. The expansion of the vineyards of St.-Joseph now start below Condrieu and follows the right bank of the Rhône for 40 miles and end at Cornas. St.-Joseph is typically old soil from the Ardèche plateau of the Massif Central. The original six communes (Vion, Lemps, St-Jean de Muzols, Tournon, Mauves and Glun) which sit across from the region’s most famous appellation, Hermitage, share the same basic granite soil as the western side of that famous hill and are considered the top spots in this appellation. These acidic granite soils drive the pH of the wines higher than other soil types, like limestone, gravel, sand or alluvium. This makes the wines far more savory and salty, with an iron-like minerality in the aroma and a powerful but fine finish. The core of these wines rests solidly behind the powerful fruit. These are wines for patient drinkers.

Saint Joseph Rouge L-Olivaie

Domaine Coursodon - 2016 Saint Joseph Rouge, ‘L’Olivaie’

Price: $68.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rich, Rustic

The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is perhaps the most balanced wine in the line regarding early pleasure and intellect. The darker fruit aspects of the wine are polished out and remain equal to the savouriness of the wine. It immediately expresses savory dark chocolate, forest floor, bramble, iodine, hot iron and salty meat. After much aeration, the wine begins to show its range of garrique and higher-toned red fruits that have been reserved only for the patient drinker. L’Olivaie happens to be my favorite wine in the line to drink young.

Terroir: L’Olivaie comes from one of the most northern sections of the original St. Joseph appellation, St-Jean de Muzols. This vineyard is pure granite and faces south inside of a small inlet off of the western side of the Rhone. From the top of L’Ermite on the Hermitage hill, it is found directly to the west. It is a hill that sits with the same regality of Hermitage but is tucked away and out of sight. The hill is steep and gets the wind advantage from the small valley coming in from the west as well as the Rhone’s wind draft from the north. These granite soils are weak and friable, like the western side of Hermitage, lending themselves to the vine’s desire for survival by plunging deep into the soil. These 65 year old vines give this wine its regal and definitive personality.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is perhaps the most balanced wine in the line regarding early pleasure and intellect. The darker fruit aspects of the wine are polished out and remain equal to the savouriness of the wine. It immediately expresses savory dark chocolate, forest floor, bramble, iodine, hot iron and salty meat. After much aeration, the wine begins to show its range of garrique and higher-toned red fruits that have been reserved only for the patient drinker. L’Olivaie happens to be my favorite wine in the line to drink young.

Terroir: L’Olivaie comes from one of the most northern sections of the original St. Joseph appellation, St-Jean de Muzols. This vineyard is pure granite and faces south inside of a small inlet off of the western side of the Rhone. From the top of L’Ermite on the Hermitage hill, it is found directly to the west. It is a hill that sits with the same regality of Hermitage but is tucked away and out of sight. The hill is steep and gets the wind advantage from the small valley coming in from the west as well as the Rhone’s wind draft from the north. These granite soils are weak and friable, like the western side of Hermitage, lending themselves to the vine’s desire for survival by plunging deep into the soil. These 65 year old vines give this wine its regal and definitive personality.