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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

Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007 - Cooking Light/ Berry and cherry notes... Listed among wines that go best with spicy foods.


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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

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

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

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

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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Vintage: 2012 07/18/2014

The wines, and the pizza to go with them/ As it opened up, the fruit component became lusher, improving its marriage with pizza. "It's a fairly serious tasting wine for the money, with good complexity to bridge through the assortment of pizzas."


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