Coursodon New Releases 2019

One of my favorite estates in the Northern Rhône is that of the young Jerome Coursodon, who makes a bevy of brilliant St Josephs from his roughly 16 hectares of vines. He’s another progressive winemaker who has one foot in the past and one foot in the future, and the wines shows impeccable purity of fruit while remaining classic St Joseph. Don’t miss these wines! JEB DUNNUCK, The Wine Advocate

Jérome Coursodon’s fruit-forward wines fly under the radar in the US, but that’s not the case in Europe. He told me that he typically sells all of his wines within a couple of months of bottling, but he holds back about 10 percent of his production to offer to visitors who drop by the family cellar in Mauves. Coursodon likes to bottle his wines on the early side “to preserve the freshness and let the wines age in bottle, not in barrel.” While my experience with older bottles from this 16-hectare domain (13.5 planted to Syrah and the rest to Marsanne and Roussanne), both red and white, has proven that the wines do age well, I personally prefer to drink them on the young side, for their dynamic fruit. JOSH RAYNOLDS

Coursodon is one of the producers helping to raise the image of the appellation. New to me this year was the family’s Vin de France Etincelle, a Viognier-Roussanne blend they’ve been producing since 2015. JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate

The third strong vintage in a row for the region, albeit with shrunken volume. The impressive 2017 vintage results in some top scores from the northern Rhône’s best names. JANCIS ROBINSON MW

The stars aligned for reds in the northern Rhône last year. The best examples capture all the fragrance of the variety alongside immaculate black fruit and structure that should age handsomely.

The 2017 vintage in the northern Rhône is generally excellent quality, with some absolutely outstanding examples available from every appellation. RICHARD HEMMING MW

As I usually do when wines starting rolling in from a new vintage I like to cover a little of overall impression of the year. 2017 will go down as one of those vintages that consumers love but one that leaves vignerons wringing their hands. While quality might be high, for the reds, yields were down significantly again due to poor flowering and hydric stress. A warm, dry season was saved by just enough rain that arrived at just the right times giving the growers, and the thirsty vines, some much needed relief.

The resulting reds, from what we have seen so far, are plush, deeply pitched, with enough phenolic power to hold the bold fruit and perky enough acidity to ensure there is freshness. My notes from what I tasted there follow similar broad lines, comments on intense but reasonably open fruit profiles and fairly solid tannins to buffer that ripeness. Overall my impression is that the wines will cellar well but unlike 2015 are open enough to drink well early on in their development.

Now to the main event, the wines Jerome Coursodon are here. While Jerome’s wines have garnered a loyal following here in Oz I am constantly surprised that we don’t have Rhone fans beating down our door every year close to their release. In all seriousness his wines tick all the boxes for collectors and savvy consumers alike. His vineyards are centred around Mauve, the most important address in the region. They blend sophistication with upfront and often joyous fruit. Usually silken and seductive in their youth but with the subtle stuffing to ensure their positive development in bottle. Simply put Coursodon is one of the leading lights of St Joseph, don’t take my word for it, the general consensus supports my statements.

If you haven’t tried these before I can’t urge you strongly enough to jump on board the train of deliciousness and his 2017 reds are the ideal springboard for the style as they offer a little more immediacy, are a touch more flamboyant and offer mass appeal while still remaining true to their terroirs.