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Côte Rotie - "La Divine"
Appellation Côte Rotie Contrôlée
Grape Varieties95% Syrah; 5% Viognier
- 94 Points
DescriptionHailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhone, 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 Rhone 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 Rhone Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
VinificationOnly free run juice is used as the wine undergoes 3 weeks of post maceration at 86°F. The wine is matured 18 months in oak barrels (15% new, 85% in 1 to 3 year old) and then fined using egg white prior to bottling, but is unfiltered.
ColorDeep ruby red.
NoseSuperb smoky nose of exotic spices and jammy black fruit.
PalateDense flavors prevail; a very complex, concentrated wine.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.75 pHRS: <1.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsA first-rate pairing with lamb dishes, chicken tagine, and game birds.