Introducing the 2018 Courbis Cornas Sabarotte, a remarkable red wine from the esteemed region of Cornas in the Northern Rhone of France. This wine exudes elegance and complexity, showcasing the true character of the Syrah varietal. With a deep, intense red color that captivates the eye, this wine is a visual representation of the depth and richness it possesses.
On the nose, an almost Hermitage-like bouquet unfolds, revealing enticing aromas of burning embers, cassis, graphite, woodsmoke, and spring flowers. The aromatics are intense and alluring, drawing you in and inviting you to explore further. As you delve deeper into the glass, the layers of aromas continue to unfold, leaving you captivated by its complexity.
Upon the first sip, the 2018 Courbis Cornas Sabarotte reveals its true nature. This is a wine of immense power and structure, with a full-bodied and tannic character that demands attention. The lush purple fruit takes center stage, enveloping the palate with its richness and depth. Solid granite underpinnings provide a strong foundation, while a long, dusty finish leaves a lasting impression of crushed stone.
The wine critics agree, with Jeb Dunnuck awarding this wine an impressive score of 97 points, hailing it as a candidate for the wine of the vintage in Cornas. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognizes its excellence, giving it a score range of 94-97 points and emphasizing its packed and stacked lush purple fruit. Wine Spectator concurs, awarding it a score of 94 points and praising its juicy and compact nature, with the fruit and minerality perfectly balanced. Vinous joins in the praise, awarding it a score of 95 points and highlighting its palate-staining, deeply concentrated flavors.
The 2018 Courbis Cornas Sabarotte is a wine that demands attention and respect. It is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop with age, rewarding those who have the patience to cellar it for 4-5 years. However, even at this stage, it is a brilliant, magical wine that can be enjoyed now with great pleasure. Whether you are a connoisseur or a casual wine lover, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression and become a treasured addition to your collection.