This southern Rhone blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre is a bit of a masterpiece considering the price. It exhibits the firm structure and minerality of all Jean-Luc Colombo reds, with the depth and complexity of a more important wine, say a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages or perhaps one of the regions top crus. There is a note of blueberry and white pepper, with a hint of anise; and like most very good, serious reds it was better the next day, having been open and exposed to air for 24 hours.
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Côtes du Rhône Rouge "Les Abeilles"
Appellation Côtes du Rhône Contrôlée
Grape Varieties60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre
AppellationCotes du Rhone AOC
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 southern France. Learn about our 'Bee Helpful' program!
VinificationThe grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks where the wine is refined for 10 months before bottling.
NoseSeductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf.
PalateThis is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %
750 ml, 3.0 L
Serving SuggestionsA food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.