Cornas Terres Brulees. Jean-Luc Colombo 2008
Jean-Luc Colombo was born in Marseilles and originally trained as a pharmacist but in 1986 he bought the 8 hectare 'Les Ruchots ' vineyard in the Cornas appellation.He still lives on that estate,which is now organic, with his wife Anne and daughter Lauren but his business has expanded considerably as he now owns vineyards in many Rhone valley and Languedoc appellations and also operates as a consultant and negociant..
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Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques. The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight. The company now embraces wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Vines average 20-years of age on the steep granite slopes of the Rhône Valley’s right bank at altitudes between 820 – 1,100 ft. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks for a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 68°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts a period of 14 days at a temperature of 84°F. The wine is then aged for 20 months in oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 2-year-old barrels). When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A dark ruby with purple hints Bouquet Lovely notes of raspberries, cherry preserves, cola, and herbs. Taste An impressive wine with plums, iron, tobacco, concentrated cherry and raspberry flavors on the palate, ending with a touch of smokiness and spice. Alcohol 13.7% Serving Suggestions Pairs perfect with hearty dishes, roasted game, grilled beef, leg of lamb and duck.