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Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves"
Appellation Saint Joseph Contrôlée
Grape Varieties100% Syrah
- 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 the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
VinificationGrapes are picked manually. The fermentation consists of 3-4 days of pre-maceration, 7 days of fermentation and 3 weeks of post-maceration. The juice is free run, and the wine is aged for 12 months in 15% new oak and the rest in 1 to 4 year old barrels. The wine is fined just before bottling, and is unfiltered.
ColorDeep ruby red.
NoseFull-bodied and concentrated, with aromas of black currant, blackberry, spices and mocha.
PalateAn intense wine with notes of black cherry, bay leaves, cloves and roasted coffee beans.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13 %pH: 3.62RS: <1.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsExcellent with barbecue food, roast beef, leg of lamb and venison.