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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.
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.
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé
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.
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.
/ 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.
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.
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.
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