La Source Côtes du Rhône | 85% Grenache – 15% Syrah
In the south of the Rhone Valley in France, 40 miles north of Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe in the direction of the Alps, 18 acres of Grenache and Syrah vines grow in chalk and clay where they were planted over a decade ago and now yield only 2.75 tons per acre of hand harvested fruit – compared to the 8 to 20 tons reached for wines of similar price points, machine harvested in California’s Central Valley.
There is a vinous concentration and energy to La Source that simply cannot be found among the fruit juice reds of the New World. For all the nerve and tension to its structure, temperature-controlled vatting for 5 to 8 days, and vinifications at 77°F produce a wine with a lot of fruit. To retain the floral high notes, La Source comes together in stainless steel vats with early bottling around April, making for a very fruity style of Côtes-du-Rhône, fruity with soft tannins making a red for all foods, cold cuts, pizza, pasta and simply on its own.
The Domaine Courtois is a Jaume family-owned estate going back several generations. Pascal and Richard Jaume have now taken over from their father and are pursuing the tradition of quality that their father Claude started. The vineyards are located in an outstanding terroir of the Rhone Valley, the Vinsobres that combines the advantages of both the southern and the northern Rhone Valley.