Jean-Luc Colombo Les Fees Brunes Crozes Hermitage 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
This straddles the Old and New worlds, offering lots of fresh, juicy cherry and black plum fruit against a spicy, ferrous background. It's as intense as the fuchsia-ringed color suggests, a Crozes for roast game.
A genuine Crozes-Hermitage to be enjoyed over with full-bodied dishes such as veal stew or a New York steak.
Wine Spectator - "This is nicely built, with dark currant and plum sauce flavors laced with sweet tapenade, all offset by a bright streak of cherry pit on the finish. More floral and acid-driven than most Crozes."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated ruby. Cherry and blackberry on the pungent, floral-accented nose. Juicy and precise, offering lively black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and building smokiness. Finishes bright and long, with resonating pepper and floral notes and very good cut."
Wine & Spirits - "Balanced and succulent, this has a clean earthiness that brings extra savor to the black raspberry fruit. It's complete and lasting with a bewitching violet note, a Crozes to drink this winter with pork roast or to hold for another eight to ten years."
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Jean-Luc Colombo Winery
A native of Marseilles, Colombo first developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhône Valley in the late 1970s as a pharmacy student. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Colombo was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous and, at the time, unrecognized potential for producing super-quality Syrah wines. After earning degrees in pharmacy and enology, Colombo and his wife Anne, also a pharmacist and enologist, moved to Cornas, fully intending to support themselves as pharmacists while developing a wine consultancy on the side.
It was not long before Colombo began purchasing and cultivating his own vineyards - first in Cornas then throughout the Rhône Valley and Languedoc - leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo. The wines of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo are all sourced from Colombo's own vineyards and from carefully selected domains under his direct consultation.
Colombo has not limited his magical sphere of influence to Cornas. The company now embraces 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France. Most recently, Colombo has returned to his roots for his latest winemaking venture in the Côte Bleue district near Marseilles. View all Jean-Luc Colombo Wines
About Other RhôneView a map of Other Rhône wineries Other appellations of the Rhône include: in the North – St-Péray, Chateau Grillet; in the South – Lirac, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Tricastin, Rasteau
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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