SAINT-PERAY “LA BELLE DE MAI”
St. Peray AOC
60% Roussanne, 40% Marsanne
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
Saint Péray is the rising star of Rhône Valley. It is a small, high altitude appellation just south of Cornas. Rousanne from 80 year old vines is blended with Marsanne in this classic blend. La Belle de Mail means “The Beauty of May” and reflects this spectacular appellation siteWINEMAKING
Grapes are harvested manually and then slowly fermented in oak barrels from 10 to 12 months (10% new, 90% in 1 to 5 year old barrels).AGEING
The wine is left on the lees with a weekly stirring to extract maximum aroma for six months.TASTING NOTES
Beautiful golden color. An intense floral and fruity nose with notes of iris, candied fruit and fresh hazelnuts. Full-bodied palate with rich, concentrated flavors of quince, vanilla, and a slight lemon zest. Excellent with poultry, fresh salads, grilled vegetables and a variety of appetizers.