A new wine from one of our first producers, Domaine Courbet, from the Jura. If you have enjoyed his regular Trousseau, you don't want to miss today's wine. We've landed a very limited, old vine Trousseau from the oldest vines in the same vineyards from which Damien Courbet makes his “regular” Trousseau. Damien makes only one barrel of Cuvee Violette and until now has only sold this bottling from the cellar door. There are only 500 bottles of this exceptional cuvee and we are honored and ecstatic to be able to bring it to you.
These vines are over 40 years old and grow on a mix of calcaire with grey marl and argile/clay. The manual harvest took place October 3, 2013. Damien performs a strict sorting to ensure only the highest quality fruit makes it to fermentation and destems 100%. After over two weeks of fermentation using indigenous yeast, the wine matures in a 6-8 year old barrel for close to a year. Then it rests for six months in vat before being bottled. The Cuvée Violette owes its name to the pronounced floral aromas it expresses and it also happens to be the name of Damien’s oldest daughter. A homage to Violette. The wine is a deep ruby and has pronounced red fruit and spice character on the nose. As it opens up with air those aromas sharpen into savory raspberry, griotte cherry and a touch of pepper. There is a depth and richness to the Violette that are superbly balanced by refined and integrated tannins and framing acidity. The Violette drinks beautifully right now and will gain complexity over the next 5-10 years.
An outstanding value at $33 per bottle. Include it in a 12+ bottle order for only $29.70 per bottle. May be the best QPR you buy all year!
In the words of David Schildknecht from Vinous, “Austria’s 2013 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners display exceptionally bright acidity, clear flavor definition and uncanny complexity.” 2013 has given us the stunning combination of healthy, ripe grapes that remain light on their feet as the alcohol levels stayed in check, married with focused, tense acidity.
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