Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2010
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..
2007 vintage, it's actually Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 50, 30, 20. Very nice blend. Deep purple color, leathery dark fruit and a silky smooth finish. A bit more "fruit forward" and less earthy than what I would have expected. Reminds me of a California Syrah more than a Cotes du Rhone. Nevertheless, a very good wine. Highly recommended.
External Reviews for Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge
Les Abeilles Rouge 2006 - Wines of France/ The Les Abeilles is a very classic Côtes du Rhône and a terrific value wine. The wines of Côtes du Rhône are some of my favorites for every day meals, as I think they pair perfectly with a wide range of dishes. And this wine would be great with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers!
Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf du Pape 2006 - 89 Points, International Wine Review/ The medium ruby Les Bartavelles is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre showing aromas of dark cherry and plum with earth notes. Its attack is soft and round with very ripe dark cherry fruit and notes of dark toffee on the palate. The finish exhibits fine-grained tannins with dark cherry and earthy notes.
From the Grape State of California/ If you'd prefer something slightly lighter on the palate than California pinot noir, check out the 2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone. It's more characteristically Old World in flavor, with more earthiness than fruit, and balanced with more tannin and spiciness than either pinot noir. However, it's a similarly delicious pairing with grilled lamb chops.
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 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Learn about our 'Bee Helpful' program! Production Area From ancient terraced vineyards comprised of gravel on a bed of sandy clay in the area of Cairanne and Gigondas in the southern Rhône Valley Grape Varieties 33% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre Vinification The grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. 20% of the wine is aged in 2- to 3-year-old oak for nine months before bottling Color Intense purple Bouquet Red fruit, leather and spice Taste Complex, with flavors of licorice and spice and silky tannins Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions A food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.
/ Forward, ripe and easy, with lots of grape, plum and cherry fruit backed by notes of sweet toast and spice. Nice juicy acidity frames the finish, while a hint of grilled herb checks in at the very end. Drink now through 2017. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
/ Tangy up front, with grilled herb, tobacco and red plum fruit. This lets the grilled herb edge take over on the finish, which shows nice grip. Drink now.
Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007 - Cooking Light/ Berry and cherry notes... Listed among wines that go best with spicy foods.