One of the most incredible vintages for the Les Eygats, we sourced some of this excellent back vintage at a fantastic price. The vineyards of Courbis have been passed down from father to son here since the 16th century, and today the Domaine is operated by brothers Laurent and Dominique. Driven to produce high-quality wines from their ancestral home of Cornas, the two combine modern advancements with traditional techniques to coax the most out of their family holdings. While they grow vines and make various Northern Rhone Cuvees, the standouts here are their Cornas bottlings totaling about 8 hectares spread through different sites. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with plowing by a horse when possible, and one of their top wines is always Les Eygats. Only a few other producers bottle Les Egayts, most notably Ferraton, which we've offered in the past.
Les Eygats is located at a little over 800 feet of elevation and is an extremely steep site like many of the top Cornas vineyards, featuring decomposed granite soils and vines that are 30 years old on average. It is considered an exceptional microclimate by the Domaine and is located at the northern end of the appellation, where it is a bit cooler.
Fruit is harvested by hand and undergoes fermentation in temperature-regulated stainless (one of their modern advancements) with 100% destemmed fruit—Les Eygats ages in about 50% new oak for 18 months before bottling.
Les Eygats is once again a contender for one of the top Cornas buys of the vintage, and we have low pricing today on some of the only bottles available in the USA, which are far below the current going rate. A massive note by Jeb Dunnuck below, this is one of the top buys for 2018 Cornas and on par with wines like Clape Cornas for a third of the price. Truly an outstanding effort for the vintage and a no-brainer at this pricing.
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points! "From a cooler parcel of pure granite soils, the 2018 Cornas Les Eygats is probably the most classic Cornas in the lineup (although these all have plenty of Cornas character) with its more mineral, iron, and almost bloody style. Loaded with massive amounts of blue and black fruits, violets, and crushed rock nuances, this full-bodied, multi-dimensional, seamless Cornas has polished tannins, flawless balance, and a monster of a finish. This broad, expansive, sexy Cornas should drink well for 20+ years."