CORNAS “LES RUCHETS”

Jean-Luc Colombo

APPELLATION

Cornas, Rhône Valley

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Syrah

WINEMAKERS

Jean-Luc Colombo

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.67
Alcohol
13.5%

2016

95POINTS

Vinous
JUNE 2018
2016

95POINTS

Wine Spectator
FEBRUARY 2019
BACKGROUND

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

The heart of the Colombo winery is based in Cornas, the smallest appellation in the Rhône Valley. Covering only 325 acres, it is nonetheless highly delineated with incredibly diverse microclimates that make an extraordinary impact on the profile of the wines. With a strong Mediterranean influence, summers here are warm. Ancient vineyards are found mostly on steep, south-facing terraced slopes. Decomposed granite soils and stressed growing conditions greatly contribute to the quintessential quality and character of Cornas wines. Cornas AOC has strict laws. Irrigation is not permitted and maximum yields are 34 hl/ha. It is one of the few appellations in the world dedicated to Syrah. "Les Ruchets" (The Beehives) is Colombo’s signature wine with his first release in 1987. It is 5.4 acres (2.2 hectares), with 90 year-old vines, 38° slope, and a yield of 17 hl/ha.

WINEMAKING

Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes places in stainless steel tanks.

AGING

The wine is aged for 22 months in oak barrels 1/3 in new, 2/3 in 1 to 3-year-old oak barrels, then fined with egg whites and bottled unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES

A superb, deep black cherry color. On the nose, complex and elegant with notes of spices, violets, and black fruit and vanilla. On the palate, powerful, structured notes of black fruit, herbs, white pepper and blueberry. Delicious with game such as duck, hare, or pigeon, but also perfect with a roasted entrecote steak.

WINEMAKER

Jean-Luc Colombo

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