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Jean-Luc Colombo les Ruchets Cornas 2011

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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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2010 04/15/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2010 05/07/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2010 05/07/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2010 09/18/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2009 06/14/2014

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 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 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 and 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.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
Vintage: 2009 04/15/2013

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 68°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts a period of 14 days at a temperature of 84°F. The wine is then aged for 20 months in oak barrels (50% new, 50% in one-to two-year old). When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A deep cherry tone Bouquet Elegant aromas of violets, licorice and spice with a hint of vanilla Taste A full-bodied wine with lovely notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, white pepper and slight toast Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Excellent with game such as duck, hare or pigeon but also perfect with steak, hearty pasta dishes and grilled root vegetables.


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