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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2005
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2005
(search item no. 91354)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $7.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre from 25 year-old vines

Color: Intense purple color

Bouquet: Aromas of small red fruits, leather and spices

Taste: A complex wine with licorice, spicy flavors and silky tannins. This red wine is a wonderful expression of the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

Serving suggestions: A friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted 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.