CAPE BLEUE ROSÉ
67% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre
Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône Valley winemaking is unparalleled. 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 France. For their significant life-long contributions to their country, both Jean-Luc and Anne have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian award. The Colombo’s innovative approach in the northern appellation of Cornas was nothing short of revolutionary. Today, Jean-Luc Colombo’s wines express the typicity of their terroir with elegance and character, from the Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône to his Provençal roses.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Cape Bleue Rosé comes from the stony, limestone (Calcaire) vineyards nestled in the hills above the bay of Marseille (the area next to Provence).
The 2020 growing season very good to great with flowering and harvest both early this year. Harvest started the 3rd week of August, due to a hot, dry summer. Berries were small and produced a concentrated expression of Syrah and Mourvèdre.
Traditional “saignée” method is used, undergoing a 10 hour cold soak until desired color achieved, then tanks are drained of all juice or must.
Fermentation occurred at low temperature in stainless steel vats for three weeks preserving primary aromas.
The 2019 vintage began with a hot and dry summer. Harvest started on August 23rd in Provence with fully mature, small-berried Syrah grapes. September brought needed rain allowing for the maturity of the Mourvèdre grapes.TASTING NOTES
This year’s Rose had pronounced raspberry aromas over a core of red fruit, classic watermelon and peach notes. An elegant mouthfeel, fluid and round with ample length and crisp finish.