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Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2010
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 Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007 - Cooking Light/ Berry and cherry notes... Listed among wines that go best with spicy foods.
Velvety rich in aromas of ripe red fruit, leather and spice, underlined by round smooth tannins.
/ 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.
/ "Shows a lot of ripe Grenache character, offering scents akin to cherries, almond butter and almost peach of apricot. It’s on the chunky side, with some dusty tannins on the finish, so you could drink it now or save it for a few years.”
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 This wine has its origins in one of the best terroirs consisting of river pebbles in Châteauneuf du Pape. All work in the vineyards is done manually and without the use of pesticides or irrigation, respecting the local environment. Grape Varieties 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre Vinification The wine undergoes 4 days of pre-fermentation maceration followed by 7 days of fermentation in steel vats at a controlled temperature of 82.4°F. There is then a 3 week period of maceration at 86°F. The juice is free run, and spends 18 months in one-, two- and three-year-old oak barrels. The wine is not filtered but is fined. Color Dark purple Bouquet Lovely scents of ripe red fruit, licorice and sweet spice Taste A powerful and full-bodied wine with rich notes of blueberry, wild herbs and lots of spice. The palate is mature and rich with velvety tannins, ending with a long finish. Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Pairs exceptionally well with game, hearty stews, steaks and Italian dishes.
/ This is soft and forward, with inviting plum and boysenberry fruit layered with mocha, coffee and incense notes. A twinge of cedar chimes in on the finish.
Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf du Pape/ A fragrant, spicy blackberry nose becomes rich, bright black fruit flavors on the palate; firm but not tannic. Chicken Provencal.
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