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Color : A superb deep red. Nose: Powerful, rich, complex: black fruit, gunflint, licorice, garrigue enhanced by a wel...Read more...
The variation in the reviews is very interesting. This is good, it is a GSM that tastes more like something Australian than French, it has a touch ... Read more
Acidic, weak fruit, steely mouth feel. Poor value even at this price. Read more
French, California Wines Battle it out Over Food/ The third course, Porcini Risotto with Petit Gris snails, moved us into the reds. The dish was p... Read more
Food Pairings for Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé
The variation in the reviews is very interesting. This is good, it is a GSM that tastes more like something Australian than French, it has a touch of sweetness on the finish. A fruit bomb. Good wine. Average for the price.
Acidic, weak fruit, steely mouth feel. Poor value even at this price.
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French, California Wines Battle it out Over Food/ The third course, Porcini Risotto with Petit Gris snails, moved us into the reds. The dish was paired with two syrahs: Jean-Luc Colombo 2001 Cornas "La Louvee", produced from 70-year-old vines, and Testarossa 2002 Gary's Vineyard Syrah, from perhaps the most famous vineyard in California's Monterey County. Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvee" was tighter, more intense, spicy and very profound, a monumental Rhone that won't even begin to approach its peak for at least another decade - or two. DESPITE THE EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY OF EACH WINE, THE CORNAS WAS A RELATIVELY EASY WINNER.
Wines of the Year: Reds, France/ A Decanter Red Wine of the Year: Rich, damsony nose, oaky. Very rich, plummy, full bodied, sumptuous, spicy, modern style but concentrated and elegant. Balanced and long. 5-10 years.
/ If you're looking for the kind of old-style Cornas that can't be approached for years, pick Colombo's Terres Brulees or Les Ruchets. For kinder, gentler Cornas, choose this. It still has the black fruit underlined by pure, hard granite flavors you'd expect from the place, but this is so ripe it's almost fat, a hedonist's Cornas. It will most likely get even better with time, but there's nothing barring you from opening it tonight with grilled lamb chops.
/ Heady cocoa-and espresso-tinged toast leads the way here, with a solid core of wild berry and black currant fruit behind it. Hints of it terroir-minerals and olives-peek out on the finish. Best from 2005 through 2009.
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 Single vineyard site only 0.8 hectares (2 acre),characterized by granite areas on the steep slopes (30°) of the right bank of the Rhône at an elevation of 755 feet above sea level. Vines are 70-year-old+ vines and the yield is only 22 hl/ha. 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 mid to the end of September and were de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks for a period of 11 days at an average temperature of 69°F. Post fermentation maceration lasts for a period of 12 days at a temperature of 84°F. The wine is then aged for 22 months in oak barrels (1 to -2 years old). When ready for bottling, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. Color A superb and deep ruby color Bouquet Intense and complex notes of black fruit, licorice, herbals notes (garrigue) and minerality. Taste Concentrated and robust yet elegant with flavors of blackcurrant, fig compote and violets. A fine structure, firm tannins, and a lingering finish with notes of cloves and spice. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Excellent with beef, wild duck, game, lamb, truffle dishes, stews and hard cheeses.
Top 100 Wines to See Off Winter Old World/ Intense, smoky, liquorice aromas. Powerful, smooth palate with intense classic Syrah fruit.
/ Bright medium ruby. Rather oaky aromas of cassis, black raspberry and chocolate; there's something a bit claret-like that goes beyond the shape of the bottle. Firmly built and quite youthfully restrained, with the wine's substantial oak element currently drying the palate (this was also oaky from barrel but considerably rounder and sweeter). Finishes with Cornas-typical notes of pepper and black olive.
Wine Tasting Notes Soft, delicate pink. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Subtle, round and full of finesse. Surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel. A great rose to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fish, poultry dishes and vegetarian fare. A perfect wine to share with friends.
Color : A superb deep red. Nose: Powerful, rich, complex: black fruit, gunflint, licorice, garrigue enhanced by a well mastered maturing in top quality oak. Palate: Harmonious and elegant, La Louvée exhibits a phenomenal concentration. One can appreciate the balance between the body and the structure. The long finish is enhanced by mature and silky tannins.
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