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Cotes du Rhone les Abeilles de Colombo Rouge. Jean-Luc Colombo 2015

Member Review by joebernardinoATyahoo:

2007 vintage, it's actually Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 50, 30, 20. Very nice blend. Deep purple color, leathery dark fruit and a silky smooth finish. A bit more "fruit forward" and less earthy than what I would have expected. Reminds me of a California Syrah more than a Cotes du Rhone. Nevertheless, a very good wine. Highly recommended.

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Jean-Luc Colombo:
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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Vintage: 2010 02/19/2011

2007 vintage, it's actually Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 50, 30, 20. Very nice blend. Deep purple color, leathery dark fruit and a silky smooth finish. A bit more "fruit forward" and less earthy than what I would have expected. Reminds me of a California Syrah more than a Cotes du Rhone. Nevertheless, a very good wine. Highly recommended.


Snooth User: movingpart
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Vintage: 2010 02/16/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: Jonás Fradest
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2012

Three glasses


External Reviews for Cotes du Rhone les Abeilles de Colombo Rouge. Jean-Luc Colombo

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Vintage: 2012 08/18/2015

Jean-Luc Colombo, Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Rouge 2013 - 89 Pts - BEST BUY - Wine Enthusiast/ Clove, bay leaf and black cherry aromas burst from the glass, followed by flavors of dark cherry and cocoa. The tannins are supple, the mouthfeel ample, and the finish ends with a refreshing lift of acidity.


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Vintage: 2012 09/26/2015

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 southern France. Learn about our 'Bee Helpful' program! Production Area Grapes are picked from Ancient terraced 25-year old vineyards comprised of gravel on a bed of sandy clay in the area of Cairanne and Gigondas in the Southern Rhone. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre. Vinification The grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks where the wine is refined for 10 months before bottling. Color Intense purple. Bouquet Seductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf. Taste This is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate. Alcohol 14% Serving Suggestions A food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.


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Vintage: 2012 04/25/2015

Les Abeilles Rouge 2013 - 88 points, Vinous/ Brilliant ruby. Spicy cherry and dark berries on the perfumed nose. Supple and broad but lively as well, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that pick up a peppery nuance with air. Closes spicy and taut, with lingering blackberry and bitter cherry qualities and gentle tannins.


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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Rouge 2011 - 88 points, Wine & Spirits/ This fulfills the most important requirement of a $13 red: to inspire appetite. It tastes like a food, as if the fruit were seasoned liberally with thyme and tarragon, shot through with a bright acidity. There's nothing showy or particularly complex about it, its just tasty, ready for leg of lamb and tapenade.


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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

Côtes du Rhône Les Abeilles Rouge 2011 - WineReviewOnline - 90 Points/ A bit of a masterpiece considering the price. It exhibits the firm structure and minerality… with the depth and complexity of a more important wine, say a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages or perhaps one of the regions top crus.


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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

/ Jean-Luc Colombo is a master wine maker in Cotes du Rhone. Some of his wines are now on auction at upwards of $150/bottle - because he is that good of a wine maker and his wines are that good of specimens. This wine is very friendly and approachable, but don't mistake that description to mean simple. It has great tannins, is lushly plummy, and has notes of spice and leather. The price is a bargain - think of it as buying a pair of Hermes boots at Payless price (for men: a Ferarri at Hyundai price.)


External Review
Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

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 southern France. Learn about our 'Bee Helpful' program! Production Area Grapes are picked from Ancient terraced 25-year old vineyards comprised of gravel on a bed of sandy clay in the area of Cairanne and Gigondas in the Southern Rhone. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre Vinification The grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks where the wine is refined for 10 months before bottling. Color Intense purple Bouquet Seductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf Taste This is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions A food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.


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