Côtes du Rhône "Les Forots"
51% Grenache; 49% Syrah
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
"Les Forots" (The Forest) Côtes du Rhône Rouge is made from 60-year-old vines in the northern Rhône Valley. The Syrah grapes are from a limestone outcrop within the Cornas appellation.WINEMAKING
Hand harvested bunches are 100% de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks.AGING
The wine is aged for 9 months, 25% in one- to four-year-old oak barrels.TASTING NOTES
Ruby red color. On the nose, violets, spices, and licorice. Harmonious with an elegant structure; appealing flavors of small ripe berry fruits (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) and notes of licorice and spices. Pairs well with tuna, lamb or chicken with herbs and spices.WINEMAKER