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Jean-Luc Colombo les Ruchets Cornas 2011

External Review by Palm Bay International:

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 a single vineyard of 2.2 hectares (5.4 acres) and 90+-year-old vines on the steep, granite slopes of the right bank of the Rhone at an elevation of 920 feet above sea level (35° slope). The soil is well-covered with bark mulch to limit erosion and encourage the natural growth of the vines. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Yield 25 hl/ha. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. The grapes macerate for one month. Fermentation takes place 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 1/3 in new, 2/3 in 1 to 3-year-old oak barrels. When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A superb deep black cherry Bouquet Complex and elegant with notes of spices, 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.

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External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo les Ruchets Cornas

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
03/08/2014

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 the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Production Area Rhone Valley, France Grapes come from a single vineyard of 2.2 hectares (5.4 acres) and 90+-year-old vines on the steep, granite slopes of the right bank of the Rhone at an elevation of 920 feet above sea level (35° slope). The soil is well-covered with bark mulch to limit erosion and encourage the natural growth of the vines. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Yield 25 hl/ha. Grape Varieties 100% Syrah Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. The grapes macerate for one month. Fermentation takes place 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 1/3 in new, 2/3 in 1 to 3-year-old oak barrels. When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A superb deep black cherry Bouquet Complex and elegant with notes of spices, 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.



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