2017 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee
2017 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee A deep ruby color 2017 wine. On the nose, intense and complex notes of dark berries, black cherry, baking spice, and violets. Rich and concentrated on the palate with plums, berries and distinct minerality.
Jean-Luc Colombo is a man of warmth, energy, and an insatiable appetite for the “plaisirs de la table” (pleasures of the table), stemming from many joyous hours spent as a small boy assisting his mother, a talented restaurateur in Marseille. Jean-Luc’s subsequent decision to pursue the study of enology was inevitable. A devotee of the Syrah grape and armed with a pharmacy degree, Jean-Luc and his wife, Anne, opened their wine laboratory in 1984, “Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône” and quickly developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant throughout the Rhône Valley.
Soon after, Jean-Luc and Anne began purchasing their own vineyards first, in Cornas then throughout the Rhône and Languedoc – leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo.
Since the debut vintage of their single-vineyard Cornas, ‘Les Ruchets,’ in 1987, the Colombo’s have received critical acclaim for their wines, demonstrating the region’s capability to produce wines of tremendous grace and finesse.
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