Les Petit Courselle Les Copains is red fruited and juicy. There is not a lot of complexity. But what it lacks there it makes up for in drinking pleasure. The palate is long and generous. The wine leaves wanting more once you’ve finished your glass.
Marie & Sylvie Courselle have taken their family estate and turned it on it’s head. Chateau Thieuley, their Entre-Deux-Mers home in Bordeaux now grows Syrah and Chardonnay. They make a blend with the traditional Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. This means their wines bear the Vin de France appellation rather than Bordeaux. It also means they are more interesting than a large amount of Bordeaux. All the work goes into the vineyard. With sustainable practices used. In the winery it is simple: Retaining the freshness and bottle the young wine as delicious drinks.
Vin de France
The catch-all for wines that are either outside of any recognised appellation OR fail to adhere to the laws of an established appellation. It does not necessarily mean you are getting a cheap or nasty wine. In some cases, a winemaker will purposefully ‘declassify’ a wine so they can make it better than if they stayed within the appellations restricting influence.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. Long aging is definitely on the cards with Shiraz. But it equally lends itself to drinking at any time of its evolution.