Cornas Vallon de l'Aigle
Vallon de l'Aigle Cornas 2009 - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast/ A surprisingly supple Cornas, the 2009 “Valley of the Eagle” delivers rich plum and smoke notes. It’s an already approachable, mouthfilling, superripe Syrah that should express its origins more clearly in about 10 years.Add winemaker's notes
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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Vallon de l'Aigle Cornas 2009 - 92 points, Wine Enthusiast/ A surprisingly supple Cornas, the 2009 “Valley of the Eagle” delivers rich plum and smoke notes. It’s an already approachable, mouthfilling, superripe Syrah that should express its origins more clearly in about 10 years.
"Vallon de I'Aigle" Cornas 2007 - 94 Points, Wine Spectator / This has lots of range, with crushed plum, braised fig and mulled blackberry fruit flavors all mingling with spice, red licorice and sweet tapenade notes. The long, driven finish shows the chalky side of the appellation, without being overly severe. Very impressive. Formerly the Force One bottling.
Vallon de l'Aigle 2009 - Sante/ Complex aromas with floral, cassis, cooking spice, and oak. Powerful flavors of ripe black fruit, blueberry compote, cigar box, tea, black pepper, toasted caramel, and clove. Soft on the palate, with a long, balanced finish, ending with a hint of violets. A luscious Syrah.
Jean-Luc Colombo, Cornas Vallon de l'Aigle 2010 - 94 Pts - International Wine Cellar/ Bright purple. Intense blackberry and boysenberry aromas, with sexy star anise and violet pastille nuances. Stains the palate with vibrant black and blue fruit flavors, picking up spiciness and sweetness with air. Finishes with a suave, alluringly sweet quality, excellent tenacity and silky, harmonious tannins. Quite graceful for a Cornas, or for any wine from the northern Rhone for that matter.
"Vallon de I'Aigle" Cornas 2007 - Sommelier Journal/ ... This is a wine of great persistence. It shows ample fruit, but a splash of acidity keeps it light in the mouth. Ripe tannins and a wonderfully extended finish complete the package.
Vallon de L’Aigle - 95 points, Wine Spectator/ Tightly focused and very intense, with a fresh sanguine edge followed quickly by tangy white pepper and violet notes. The core of plum skin, cassis and linzer torte waits in reserve. The finish is sleek and very long, with a great buried iron note. Shows a kiss of modernity, but is firmly grounded in its terroir.
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 name Force 1 is derived from the eagle that lives at the top of the vertiginous hills of Cornas and is immortalized on the label. This wild parcel of land has become a truly magical place as the eagle has become almost a protecting figure. All of the strength of the eagle is embodied in the wine that is made out of this micro-vineyard; both racy and powerful while maintaining its civility and elegance. From this steep granite slope one can see the Rhone River gently flowing with a breathtaking and exceptional view of the valley. On the left bank of the river, the mountains of the Vercors dominate and contribute to bringing magical vibes to the land. Vallon de l’Aigle (or Valley of the Eagle) is a very limited bottling that is produced only in the best years. Production Area The grapes for this wine are sourced from a small parcel of land in Cornas that is cultivated by hand like a garden. Yields are extremely low, only about 3 clusters per vine, and the grapes are de-stemmed by hand. The vineyard stands at an altitude of about 1000 feet above sea level. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Only the best berries are kept and undergo fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. The juice is free run only; not pressed. The fermentation process consists of 2 days of pre-maceration at very low temperatures of 50°F, fermentation for 8 days at a maximum temperature of 79°F, and then post-fermentation maceration for 20 days at 82°F. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrels, the wine is fined with egg whites and it is unfiltered. Color Deep ruby red color, with brilliant purple reflections Bouquet Very complex nose with subtle aromas of flowers, blueberries and mulberries. Taste Silky with floral notes of iris and violets with round and harmonious tannins Alcohol 13.6% Serving Suggestions Pairs exceptionally well with game, beef stew, or lamb dishes.