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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.
External Reviews for Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé Blend Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Cape Bleue Rosé
/ 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.
/ Ruby-red. Rich and expressive on the nose, with deep plum and cassis scents underscored by a rich, chocolatey tone. Full-bodied, chewy and lush, with ripe dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a flavor of sweet, super ripe creme de cassis and excellent length.
/ A very dramatic wine with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, gunpowder,licorice and mint, and rich but focused fruit flavors that finish with grainy granite tones, a touch of alcoholic heat and gentle, surprisingly tame tannins.
2008 Wineries of the Year/ Colombo has caught some flak for what was considered unorthodox winemaking in Cornas (destemming grapes and using new oak barrels, for example), but the finest of his current crop of Cornas manages to capture both the best of the old and new styles. Consider the 2005 La Louvee, for instance: From 70-year-old syrah vines, it feels as if it were pressed from stone, all smoky, mineral tannins and ironclad red fruit. It's sultry and delicious yet gives a sense of the steep, sun-warmed, ferrous slopes of Cornas.
Cornas La Louvee 2006 - 93 Points, Wine Spectator Insider/ Really focused, with a tightly wound core of macerated cherry and currant fruit mingling with olive, garrigue and freshly roasted coffee bean notes. Long and racy, with a great tug of earth on the plum-filled finish.
/ Opaque ruby. Spicy raspberry, blueberry and floral aromas expand and deepen with air, offering a pungent, room-filing bouquet. Supple dark berry liqueur flavors stain the palate and are supported by zesty minerality, which enlivens the strikingly long, sappy finish. This absolutely refuses to let go of the palate. These soils are more agrilo-calcaire than those that produce the Ruchets, notes Anne Colombo.
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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