The Cornas La Sabarotte parcel – widely considered to be among the very best sites of the appellation - has extremely old vines (most planted in 1947 but some are even older) on a granite-limestone soil. It is Courbis' most dramatic wine, showing saturated black-purple in color with layers of chewy, ripe, sweet fruit with black olive and berry, tar and mineral notes. It has remarkable intensity and richness.
"One of the finest Cornas wines I have tasted is Courbis’s 2009 Cornas La Sabarotte. With a style similar to Les Eygats, it exhibits notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with incense, creosote, charcoal, roasted meats and spring flowers. It possesses fabulous fruit as well as a skyscraper-like texture. There is no evidence of new oak because of the lavish concentration. This enormously impressive, full-bodied, massive wine will be even better in 5-10 years and should last for 25+ years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Takes a ripe, modern approach at first, with roasted fig, crushed plum and raspberry notes leading the way, but also lots of roasted earth and tobacco tugging from underneath to keep this honest. A piercing chalky streak emerges on the finish, providing added length and range. Very impressive. Best from 2014 through 2025."