Domaine de Couron
Côtes du Rhône Villages
Grower: Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe
Grape Varieties: 40% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre
Vines Age: Grenache (50 years)), Syrah (52 years) Mourvèdre (48 years)
Village: Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, 55 miles northwest of Avignon.
Soil: Grown on 2.72 acres terraced, at 190meters, large granite stones covering limestone. The area is rich with ancient ruins, including vestiges of Roman settlements.
Vinification: Three passes in the vineyard, for hand selection of only the healthiest unbroken grapes, with ripe skins. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre are all de-stemmed. Maturation occurs without oak, for a pure expression of this complex and long lived wine.
87 Points ! Wine Spectator 2001 vintage
88 Points ! Wine Spectator 2003 vintage
89 Points ! Wine Spectator 2005 vintage
88 Points ! Wine Spectator 2008 vintage
89 Points! Wine Spectator 2009 vintage
“Rather ripe, offering blueberry and cherry confiture aromas and flavor, with a lovely light toasty spice on the finish. A touch obvious, but with delicious fruit.”