2020 Marie & Sylvie Courselle Les Copains Rouge Vin de France

Bordeaux, France

Juicy, smashable blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Shiraz from two French rebel winemaking sisters rejecting tradition.



It’s fragrant, it’s attractive in all the right ways and drinks with super ease.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Sisters Marie and Sylvie Courselle craft wine from grapes grown on their historic family vineyard 25km outside of Bordeaux, in the Entre-deux-Mers region.

Rebels with a winemaking cause, they eschew tradition, planting Syrah (a.k.a. Shiraz)—cue the gasps of dispair from the old-school Bordelaise crowd! They blend this black sheep grape with the more local favourites of Cabernet Franc and Merlot to make one super smashable wine.

In another spurning of tradition, they use no oak in making this wine, giving it only some brief ageing in cement tanks.

About Marie & Sylvie Courselle

Sisters Marie and Sylvie Courselle are making a very different style of Bordeaux.

Their high-density vineyard located at Chateau Thieuley, 25kms from Bordeaux, is certified sustainable by Terra Vitis. Two rebels of the region, they have planted Syrah and even Chardonnay amongst their traditional Bordeaux varieties and make wines in a style that is contrary to the traditions of the area.

They are looking for drinkability and character in their wines and are comfortably some of the most interesting and well priced Bordeaux in the market today.


Sisters Marie and Sylvie Courselle
Sisters Marie and Sylvie Courselle
Bordeaux, France
Additional Info

From The Producer

Cold, pre-ferment maceration. Cool fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Pneumatic pressing under inert gas. Short, traditional ageing in cement tank.

A pleasurable wine for sharing, its fruity aromas make it a perfect match for stuffed tomatoes, roast chicken, spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, ratatouille, a lamb tagine or even a red berry fruit compote. It really is the ideal companion to any home-cooked family meal.

Blend : Cabernet Franc (60%), Merlot (30%), Shiraz/Syrah (10%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Sylvie Courselle
Winemaker Sylvie Courselle
Bordeaux, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Succulent but kinda soft, dark fruited, rich in a way but pulses with this blood orange acidity and whips clean on light but firming webs of tannin. It’s fragrant, it’s attractive in all the right ways and drinks with super ease. It’s got guzzle factor off the charts and a bit of edgy spark. In the end, you get a fresh feeling medium weight red of charisma, a kind of thirst quenching nature but it’s not trying very hard. I really like this gear. This is in the highly recommended section of my brain." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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