Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé 2009
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.
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..
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé
Imported New Releases/ This feels modern in its fruitiness and new oak scents, yet it doesn’t taste pushed: just perfectly ripe syrah, its plushness supported by smooth tannins, to enjoy with a thick-cut steak.
International Wine Cellar/ Saturated ruby color. A huge bouquet of blackberry, dark cherry, blackcurrant and licorice is nicely complemented by spice and floral notes. Velvety-rich, with impressively dense dark berry and plum flavors, along with notes of bacon fat and cracked pepper. Finishes with broad, palate-coating tannins that build slowly but never overwhelm the fruit, even with a good 30 minutes of aeration.
International Wine Cellar/ Deep ruby. Tangy, high-pitched aromas of bitter cherry, licorice and spicy oak. Rich and full, with sweet dark berry and dark chocolate flavors that cling to the palate. Extremely dense and velvety, conveying an almost overripe fruit character.
/ Jean-Luc Colombo is one of the great Rhone Valley winemakers, and nowhere is he better than on his home turf, the village of Cornas, with his sturdy, 100% Syrah single-vineyard Cornas wines. The 2004 La Louvee, with its 85-year-old vines, will be one of his great wines. It is full-bodied, opulent, intense, and concentrated, with blue and black fruits, and power to spare. A superb Syrah wine, this is very well-balanced, with a long finish. It obviously needs a few years of aging, but should become a masterpiece.
Cellar Notes: 2005 Northern Rhone Valley, Part I/ Shows its typically powerful profile of layered, fleshy black and blue fruits.
/ Strongly ferrous and minerally with blackberry and blueberry fruit. There's no evidence of the fragility of some 2004 northern Rhones. This is rich, concentrated and meaty, yet creamy with supple tannins. Very flattering with a long finish. This should age well.
/ Dark, inky in color. What a wonderful bouquet this has developed, offering floral hints, notes of black olive and bright mulberry and blueberry fruit. This is still very youthful and incredibly packed with flavor.
Food Pairings for Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé
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.