Jean-Luc Colombo la Louvee Cornas 2010
Clean and hot, with hints of papaya flavors. It's simple, with some unripe strawberries. Very tart.
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.
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo la Louvee Cornas
2008 Wineries of the Year/ Colombo has caught some flak for what was considered unorthodox winemaking in Cornas (destemming grapes and using new oak barrels, for example), but the finest of his current crop of Cornas manages to capture both the best of the old and new styles. Consider the 2005 La Louvee, for instance: From 70-year-old syrah vines, it feels as if it were pressed from stone, all smoky, mineral tannins and ironclad red fruit. It's sultry and delicious yet gives a sense of the steep, sun-warmed, ferrous slopes of Cornas.
/ Glass-staining purple. Ripe blueberry and raspberry scents, with strong tar and espresso qualities lending seriousness. Spicy raspberry and blackberry flavors are supported by gentle minerality, adding cut to the long, sappy finish. There's outstanding sweetness and depth here, and if it seems a touch brooding today, it clearly possesses the material to age.
Cornas La Louvee 2006 - 93 Points, Wine Spectator Insider/ Really focused, with a tightly wound core of macerated cherry and currant fruit mingling with olive, garrigue and freshly roasted coffee bean notes. Long and racy, with a great tug of earth on the plum-filled finish.
La Louvee Cornas 2007 - Sommelier Journal / ...The fruit starts to kick in near the back of the palate; a long, fine finish is an auspicious sign.
La Louvee Cornas 2008 - 90 Points, International Wine Cellar/ Vivid purple. Pungent dark fruits and smoky minerals on the nose, with a hint of dried violet adding complexity. Then brighter in the mouth, offering dense, sweet dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors plus a late note of smoky minerality. Rich but energetic, with very good finishing clarity and cut. Anne Colombo says that rot is rarely an issue in La Cote, where these vines are planted.
Cornas La Louvee 2006 - 92 Points, International Wine Review/ This superbly balanced, dark ruby Cornas is made from the fruit of a single vineyard of 70 year old vines on the right side of the Rhone and spends 18 months in new oak. There's a rich bouquet of smoked meat, raspberry liqueur, and black earth and a soft, lush attack of dark fruit. The silky smooth, sweet palate provides flavors of red and black fruit, smoked meat, chocolate, and licorice. It finishes sweet with fine-grained tannins and flavors of smoke red and black fruit. The wine can be drunk now, if first decanted and allowed to breath for a couple of hours.
Cornas La Louvee 2006 - 91 Points, International Wine Cellar/ Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry liqueur, blueberry, roasted coffee and licorice. Deep and chewy, with sweet dark fruit and bitter cherry skin flavors, dusty tannins and a late jolt of anise. The fruit maintains strength through the long, deeply sweet finish. Serious stuff, and built for the long haul.
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