Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas les Ruchets 2010
Cornas Les Ruchets 2010 - 93 points, International Wine Cellar/ Blackberry preserves and cherry-cola on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Weighty but lively, showing impressive concentration and a slow building floral pastille quality. Becomes spicier with air and shows excellent clarity and focus. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, with strongly echoes the blackberry note.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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Cornas Les Ruchets 2010 - 93 points, International Wine Cellar/ Blackberry preserves and cherry-cola on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Weighty but lively, showing impressive concentration and a slow building floral pastille quality. Becomes spicier with air and shows excellent clarity and focus. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, with strongly echoes the blackberry note.
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 Grapes come from 95-year-old vines on the steep, granite slopes of the right bank of the Rhone at an elevation of 920 feet above sea level. 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 69°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts a period of 12 days at a temperature of 84°F. The wine is then aged for 22 months in oak barrels aged 1 to 2 years old. When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A superb deep black cherry Bouquet Complex and elegant, floral, violets and black fruit with a hint of vanilla Taste Powerful, structured notes of black fruit, herbs, white pepper and blueberry Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Delicious with game such as duck, hare or pigeon but also perfect with a roasted entrecote steak.
Les Ruchets Cornas 2010 - 92 points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast/ This shows more finely detailed aromas than the 2009—violets and cracked pepper accent dark fruit—but less pure richness and concentration. It’s still a full-bodied, dense expression of Cornas, with bright acids highlighting plum and black olive notes.
Cornas Les Ruchets 2010 - 93 points, The Rhone Report/ Coming from a single parcel of very old Syrah vines [this] is a knockout Cornas that offers up classic aromas and flavor of mineral-laced black raspberry spice-box, white pepper, hints of game, and violets. Fullbodied, gorgeously concentrated, and with stunning purity, it is surprisingly supple and polished on the palate, with silky tannin and perfect balance. It will thrill for 10-15 years.