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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 07/18/2014

Tasting France on the cheap/ Among this week's red wines, the 2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone is a star: a great example of what former pharmacist and current consultant Jean-Luc Colombo can accomplish by applying modern winemaking techniques - including destemming and fermentation in stainless steel tanks before aging some of the wine in used oak barrels - in one of the world's most traditional regions. Its aroma is potent, with lots of black fruit along with earth, spice and a meaty note. It's just delicious to drink, with a flood of blackberry and black currant, some earthy notes, spice that intensifies on the midpalate, a medium body and tannins that announce their presence but are not overwhelming.


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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

Bargain Wines: Tasting France on the Cheap/ Among this week's red wines, the 2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone is a star: a great example of what former pharmacist and current consultant Jean-Luc Colombo can accomplish by applying modern winemaking techniques - including destemming and fermentation in stainless steel tanks before aging some of the wine used in oak barrels - in one of the world's most traditional regions. Its aroma is potent, with lots of black fruit along with earth, spice and a meaty note. It's just delicious to drink, with a flood of blackberry and black currant, some earthy notes, spice that intensifies on the midpalate, a medium body and tannins that announce their presence but are not overwhelming.


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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

Cellar Notes: 2005 Northern Rhone Valley, Part I/ Value hunters should track down Colombo's Cotes du Rhone cuvées. The Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles is made from equal parts Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes purchased in the Southern Rhone. It sees no new oak and offers racy, driven raspberry and red currant fruit.


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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.)


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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

Uncorked: Better Off Red/ In the dog days of summer, white wines aren’t always best. You might need something earthier to go with the steaks and burgers on the grill. Let the wines chill in the fridge or on ice for a half hour to bring out the fruit flavors. That’s good advice for any red any time of year, but especially now when the cool temperature is welcome. WITH FOWL : Wine regions and types : Barbera and Sangiovese from Italy; Garnacha and Tempranillo from Spain; most reds from Portugal and from Côtes du Rhône and Languedoc in southern France. Recommendations: Jean-Luc Colombo, “Les Abeilles,” Côtes du Rhône.


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