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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Fees Brunes Crozes Hermitage 2004
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Fees Brunes Crozes Hermitage 2004
(search item no. 90404)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Production Area
Old vines from a single vineyard planted on the terraced granite slopes of this renowned appellation, in the northern sector of the Rhone valley, located on the left bank of the Rhone.

Grape Varieties
100% Syrah

Vinification
Grapes are harvested by hand into small, shallow containers and vinified traditionally, undergoing a lengthy maceration in the process. The wine is aged 15 months in oak barrels ranging one and two years in age.

Bouquet
The aromas are intense, reminiscent of blackberries and licorice, supported by notes of black pepper.

Taste
Jammy fruits, such as ripe plum and fig – a silky texture and glossy finish. This is a generous, well-structured wine that can be enjoyed on release and for another four or five years after.

Serving Suggestions
Perfect with red meats, hearty pasta dishes and aged cheeses

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.