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Côtes du Rhône Blanc "Les Abeilles"
Appellation Côtes du Rhône Contrôlée
Grape Varieties80% Clairette; 20% Roussanne
AppellationCotes du Rhone AOC
- 91 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 southern France. Learn about our 'Bee Helpful' program!
VinificationGrapes are hand-picked and fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks. The Clairette is aged in tank. The Roussanne matures in oak (2-5 year-old barrels) for 6 months.
NoseIntense floral aromas with scents of peach and melon followed by herbal and mineral notes.
PalateThis is a complex, crisp and well-balanced wine with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and pear.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13 %
Serving SuggestionsA food-friendly wine which perfectly matches grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.