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Date Printed: 7/27/2014
Jean-Luc Colombo La Louvee Cornas 2003
Jean-Luc Colombo La Louvee Cornas 2003
(search item no. 88696)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/27/2014: $64.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grape Varieties
100% Syrah from 70+–year-old vines.

Vinification
All work in the vineyard is done manually. After complete de-stemming, the grapes are macerated for one month, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged 18 months in new oak barrels.

Bouquet
Powerful, rich and complex, with aromas of black fruit and hints of chocolate and licorice.

Taste
Harmonious and elegant, "La Louvée" exhibits outstanding concentration and a long, lingering finish. Enjoyable in youth, it has the potential to mature and evolve for another two decades or more.

Serving Suggestions
This Cornas pairs perfectly with beef, game, truffles and mushroom-based dishes.

Production Area
Single vineyard site characterized by granite areas on the steep slopes of the right bank of the Rhône.

My Notes:

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About Jean-Luc Colombo:

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.