The origins of the Courbis family estate date back to the 16th century.
More recently, the brothers Dominique and Laurent Courbis succeeded their father, Maurice, in the early 1990s.
They have since firmly established themselves as leaders of the modern school of winemaking in St Joseph and Cornas.
The Courbis style may be summarized as offering wines filled with intense aromas and fruit of great purity and length. This is in large part achieved by a combination of meticulous and sustainable vineyard work undertaken to attain perfectly ripe, healthy, concentrated grapes and vinification and aging in both tanks and barriques.
The wines emphasize the expression of fruit while highlighting the character of the various St-Joseph and Cornas vineyard origins. They are some of the most compelling examples of St. Joseph and Cornas being made today.
The estate owns 33 hectares divided as follows: 8 ha in Cornas, 5 ha of St Joseph Blanc, 19 hectares of St Joseph Rouge and 1 hectare of IGP Syrah.
The vineyards are all on south and east facing slopes in the communes of Chateaubourg, Glun and Cornas. All the grapes are harvested by hand and yields are kept to an average of 30 hl/ha. The fruit is rigorously sorted and 100% de-stemmed.
The maceration period for the Syrahs lasts between two and three weeks. The wines mature mostly in barriques which are new or up to three years old. The red wines are fined with egg yokes and are not filtered. They are bottled about two years after the harvest.