Jean-Luc Colombo St. Peray la Belle de Mai 2012
This dry Rosé, a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvèdre, has complex flavors of fresh raspberries, cherries, a hint of black olive and finishes with an elegant touch of freshness and spice. Serve with a wide range of fish, poultry and vegetarian fare or as simply as an aperitif at a café terrace by the water's edge.
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 St. Peray la Belle de Mai
Cape Bleue Rose 2010 - 88 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar/ Pale pink. Spices and orange zest on the nose, with a slow-building redcurrant quality and a hint of white pepper. Dry, tightly wound and refreshingly brisk, offering nervy but slightly hard-edged red fruit and citrus flavors. Finishes with good bite and length, echoing the citrus note. This drinks very well by itself.
/ Deep ruby. Smoky, mineral-dominated bouquet offers ripe cherry and cassis, along with cured meat, anise and dried flowers. Weightier dark berry flavors are sweetened by cola and floral pastilles, finishing with supple tannins and very good length. This is already complex and not hard at all.
Cote Rotie La Divine 2005 - 91 Points, International Wine Review/ Medium ruby in color, La Divine is predominantly Syrah with 5 percent Viognier. Black cherry fruit, tobacco, and licorice aromas lead to a soft, round attack and a focused palate showing clean, and beautifully integrated, flavors of spicy dark cherry and smoky tobacco. Finishes long with fine-grained tannins, cherry and smoke.
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 40-year-old vines that grow on very step granite slopes near the village of Malleval in the northern Rhône Valley. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 100% Viognier Vinification Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks at an average temperature of 54°F. Fermentation then continues in barrels at approximately 60.8°F, making the total fermentation time 3 weeks. The wine is aged in 50% new and 50% 1-year-old oak on the lees for a period of one year. A weekly stirring of the lees during the first few months is followed by malolactic fermentation. Color Golden yellow, characteristic of a great Condrieu Bouquet Complex nose of apricots, pear, acacia and soft spices accompanied by hints of vanilla Taste Rich, powerful and aromatic on the palate with a long and elegant finish; intense flavors of lychee nut, peach and exotic fruit. This wine is well balanced, with a fresh, pleasing acidity. Alcohol 12.5% Serving Suggestions Pairs well with fish dishes, poultry, grilled white meats, salads, grilled vegetables and a variety of appetizers and light cuisine.
Imported New Releases/ An enchanting scent of white flowers and plums rises from this plush, fruity, Cote-Rotie, a rich wine that shows the ripeness of the vintage. Traditionalists need not buy; hedonists should scoop it up.
Daily Wine Picks/ Very pure, with a lovely, creamy mouthfeel. Sports melon, mango, peach and butter notes, with a fine minerality buried on the finish. Drink now through 2008.
The Comeback of Condrieus Is the Story of a Singular Grape/ Fresh, lively and straightforward.