Domaine 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.

Silice

Domaine Coursodon - 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc, ‘Silice’

Price: $47.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the bottle: The Coursodons are equally known for their rare and minerally delicious white wines grown in Saint Joseph. This Marsanne flutters on your nose with soft scents of white flower, brown spice, noissette, honeysuckle and under-ripe stone fruit and citrus zest finish. Perhaps it’s the Ave Maria playing while I write this, but the wine recalls that fresh symphony of springtime fruit tree blossoms dancing through the air. This is a rare gem from the pantheon of Rhone Valley whites and should be experienced at least once in your life. Believe it or not, this wine ages effortlessly into a much more complex and fine wine than in its youth.

Terroir: The vines for this white are grown on a combination of granite from the Massif Central and clay and marne deposited geological events likely involving the Rhone river, ancient marine sedimentation and glacial activities over the last 10 million years. The sun sets early on this area of the Rhone, as it faces east, and the cool forest air finds its way quickly out of the hills above to keep this wine fresh and honest regarding this varietal’s finer expressions.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: The Coursodons are equally known for their rare and minerally delicious white wines grown in Saint Joseph. This Marsanne flutters on your nose with soft scents of white flower, brown spice, noissette, honeysuckle and under-ripe stone fruit and citrus zest finish. Perhaps it’s the Ave Maria playing while I write this, but the wine recalls that fresh symphony of springtime fruit tree blossoms dancing through the air. This is a rare gem from the pantheon of Rhone Valley whites and should be experienced at least once in your life. Believe it or not, this wine ages effortlessly into a much more complex and fine wine than in its youth.

Terroir: The vines for this white are grown on a combination of granite from the Massif Central and clay and marne deposited geological events likely involving the Rhone river, ancient marine sedimentation and glacial activities over the last 10 million years. The sun sets early on this area of the Rhone, as it faces east, and the cool forest air finds its way quickly out of the hills above to keep this wine fresh and honest regarding this varietal’s finer expressions.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: The Coursodons are equally known for their rare and minerally delicious white wines grown in Saint Joseph. This Marsanne flutters on your nose with soft scents of white flower, brown spice, noissette, honeysuckle and under-ripe stone fruit and citrus zest finish. Perhaps it’s the Ave Maria playing while I write this, but the wine recalls that fresh symphony of springtime fruit tree blossoms dancing through the air. This is a rare gem from the pantheon of Rhone Valley whites and should be experienced at least once in your life. Believe it or not, this wine ages effortlessly into a much more complex and fine wine than in its youth.

Terroir: The vines for this white are grown on a combination of granite from the Massif Central and clay and marne deposited geological events likely involving the Rhone river, ancient marine sedimentation and glacial activities over the last 10 million years. The sun sets early on this area of the Rhone, as it faces east, and the cool forest air finds its way quickly out of the hills above to keep this wine fresh and honest regarding this varietal’s finer expressions.