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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone 1999
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone 1999
(search item no. 48940)

PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Production Area: From ancient terraced vineyards comprised of gravel on a bed of sandy clay in the area of Cairanne and Gigondas in the Southern Rhône Valley.

Grape Varieties: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre from 25 year-old vines. Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually, then de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged 20% in new oak for 9 months before bottling.

Description: Color - Intense purple color Bouquet - Aromas of small red fruits, leather and spices Taste - Liquorice, spicy flavors and silky tannins. Serving Suggestions: A friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork, and cheeses.

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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.