Viognier "La Violette"
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 Violette” is named for its wild flower bouquet: possessing delicate aromatics of peaches, dried fruit and white flowers. It is 100% Viognier from 20 year-old vines in the Languedoc region of Southern France.WINEMAKING
The wine undergoes controlled fermentation and maceration at 59ºF, 80% in stainless steel tanks and 20% in barrels.AGING
The wine spends 6 months on lees, 70% in tanks, and 30% in one-, two- and three-year-old barrels.TASTING NOTES
Brilliant, light straw color. On the nose, a wild flower bouquet, possessing delicate aromatics of peaches, dried fruit and white flowers. An elegant, dry wine with rich flavors of acacia flowers, yellow peaches and exotic fruits. Lovely as an aperitif or with seafood appetizers. Great with salads, chicken dishes and crab cakes.WINEMAKER