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Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2015 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Pale yellow-gold. Mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with hints of beeswax, quinine and dusty minerals. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter lemon peel and pear skin flavors that flesh out and become sweeter with air. The mineral note drives a long, focused finish that leaves a suggestion of fennel behind.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

"Amour de Dieu" Condrieu

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Green-tinged yellow. Fresh orange, white peach and honey scents are sharpened by a smoky mineral note that builds with air. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of citrus zest that adds back-end cut. Shows very good energy and strong thrust on the long, mineral-laced finish, which leaves behind an exotic honeyed note.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo "Amour de Dieu" Condrieu bottle Platinum

Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves"

2014 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Full ruby. Aromas of ripe, smoke-accented black and blue fruit, espresso and licorice are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Smooth and supple on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cassis flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Finishes sweet and gently tannic, showing a touch of warmth and lingering smokiness.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Smoke-accented scents of blueberry, mocha and black olive are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Smooth, focused and gently warm, showing a light touch to the fresh dark berry, black pepper and violet pastille flavors. Silky, slow-building tannins add shape to the smoke-accented finish, which echoes the olive note. The fruit that would normally go into Colombo’s Marquee Vallon de Aigle bottling wound up in here this vintage.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Inky ruby. Smoke-accented scents of blueberry, mocha and black olive are sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. Smooth, focused and gently warm, showing a light touch to the fresh dark berry, black pepper and violet pastille flavors. Silky, slow-building tannins add shape to the smoke-accented finish, which echoes the olive note. The fruit that would normally go into Colombo’s Marquee Vallon de Aigle bottling wound up in here this vintage.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented black and blue fruits, spicecake, cola and licorice on the pungent, expansive nose. Appealingly sweet, mineral-accented cassis and blueberry flavors show impressive depth and pick up a suave floral quality with aeration. Displays excellent detail and lift on the youthfully tannic, persistent finish, which features echoing blue fruit and licorice notes.

Vinous July 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Youthful purple. A powerful, highly perfumed bouquet evokes dark fruit preserves, olive paste, candied flowers and star anise, backed by a suave vanillin oak nuance. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy blueberry, cassis and spicecake flavors that are lifted and given a spicy edge by a jolt of cracked pepper. Quite rich for the vintage but lively as well. Finishes very long and smoky, featuring mounting tannins and a lingering floral note.

Vinous July 2017
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2015 France Rhone Valley
95 Points

Dark and fleshy, with gorgeous blueberry reduction, warm fig and mulled blackberry flavors pumping through, inlaid with fresh bay leaf, lavender and charcoal notes. The long finish lets the fruit play out, with an added ganache detail. Best from 2020 through 2035.

Wine Spectator June 21, 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Vallon de l'Aigle"

2015 France Rhone Valley
96 Points

This is intense, with layers of dark plum, fig and blackberry confiture flavors rolling through, carried by smoldering charcoal and bay leaf notes. Grippy throughout, but the integration is there, while ganache, licorice root and sweet tapenade details fill in on the finish. Impressive. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.

Wine Spectator June 21, 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Vallon de l'Aigle" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2015 France Rhone Valley
95 Points

Fleshy in feel, with a ganache edge around the core of warmed plum sauce, fig paste and blackberry reduction flavors. Loam and charcoal notes line the finish, while the fruit plays out wonderfully. Shows a touch more fruit than grip, but the fruit is really beautiful. Best from 2020 through 2035.

Wine Spectator June 21, 2017
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2015 France Rhone Valley
95 Points

Fleshy in feel, with a ganache edge around the core of warmed plum sauce, fig paste and blackberry reduction flavors. Loam and charcoal notes line the finish, while the fruit plays out wonderfully. Shows a touch more fruit than grip, but the fruit is really beautiful. Best from 2020 through 2035.

Wine Spectator June 21, 2017
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

"Amour de Dieu" Condrieu

2013 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

This wine seems broad across the palate, but not quite as deep as some Condrieus. The fruit is understated, resembling gently toasted marshmallow and maybe a touch of baked pineapple, rather than flamboyant apricot and spice. Plan on serving it with fish or chicken rather than something rich or extravagant.

Wine Enthusiast May 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo "Amour de Dieu" Condrieu bottle Platinum

Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2015 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Saint-Péray is an tiny and underappreciated source of northern Rhône whites, mainly Marsanne, with some Roussanne in the mix. This barrel-fermented version is rich and full-bodied, boasting melon and pineapple fruit flavors that take on hints of creamed corn and citrus on the finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast May 2017
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

My favorite 2014 Cornas from Jean-Luc Colombo, this boasts an intoxicating perfume of peppery spice, anise and blackberry-plum liqueur. It's elegant on the palate despite the ripe fruit, with silky tannins that belie the wine's intensity and length. Drink now–2030.

Wine Enthusiast May 2017
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Leading off the two single parcel selections, the 2014 Cornas la Louvée (which translates to "The She-Wolf" and comes from 70-year-old vines) is more concentrated and layered than the Terres Brûlées. It offers outstanding notes of cassis, toasted spice, creamy licorice and a hint of violets in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, elegant and seamless package. It will keep for a decade or more.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2015 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Also beautiful, the 2015 St Péray La Belle de Mai checks in as 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne that’s from a mix of limestone and granite soils, vinified and aged in oak. It offers a terrific perfume of sautéed apples, vanilla bean, white peach and toasted bread to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, impeccably balanced feel on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2015 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

While the 2015 Cornas Les Ruchets sees more new oak than the Terres Brûlées release (15% new oak), it shows less of it and has a sensational bouquet of blackberries, crushed rocks, violets and exotic flowers. This full-bodied, concentrated Cornas has present, yet ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish. It will drink well for 10-15 years.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves"

2015 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2015 St Joseph Les Lauves is a forward, medium to full-bodied, fresh, borderline sexy St Joseph that’s loaded with notions of blackberry jam, cassis, hints of crushed rocks and pepper. I suspect it will be a smoking value and Northern Rhône lovers should buy a case for drinking over the coming 3-4 years (although I suspect it will keep longer as well).

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

From the Chaillot lieu-dit and the most concentrated and rich in the lineup, the 2014 Cornas Les Ruchets was the tightest, most backward and reserved on this occasion. It slowly gave up notes of ripe dark fruits, lavender, hints of minerality and damp earth, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific mid-palate and ripe, sweet tannin. It needs to be forgotten for a year of three, and like the cuvée La Louvée, will drink well for a decade.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2015 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Looking at the Cornas releases, which they’re moving to bottling just a touch earlier than they have in the past, the 2015 Cornas Terres Brûlées sees malolactic fermentation in barrel and is aged in 10% new French oak. It’s a ripe, nicely concentrated, forward and elegant red that has a kiss of oak in its black raspberry, toasted spice, cassis and exotic floral-based bouquet. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, fruit forward and nicely balanced, give it a year or two to integrate its oak and enjoy bottles through 2025.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brulées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Offers some lovely ripeness, with blueberry compote, plum sauce and melted licorice notes gliding together seamlessly, offset deftly by a hint of chalk that lengthens the finish. A pleasant whiff of tobacco lurks in the background. A wonderful effort for the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2024.

Wine Spectator May 31, 2016
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2014 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Fleshy and layered, with crushed blueberry, açai berry and plum flavors that have melded together, carried by a dense but rounded structure. The long finish lets sweet tobacco and dark fruit cake notes check in. A loamy tug at the end keeps this honest. Best from 2018 through 2029.

Wine Spectator November 15, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Solidly built, with a beautifully ripe core of blueberry, plum and blackberry paste flavors pumping along, inlaid with ample charcoal and bay leaf notes. The long finish is toasted, fleshy and well-integrated. Best from 2018 through 2029. 

Wine Spectator November 15, 2016
Cornas "La Louvée" Platinum