White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Figuieres Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2003
Jean-Luc Colombo Les Figuieres Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2003
(search item no. 79127)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Its rich yet restrained, the silken texture lifted with refreshing acidity..."
-Wines & Spirits

Production Area: From vineyards in Cairanne, Rasteau and Vacqueyras in Southern Rhône Valley.

Grape Varieties: 70% Clairette/Grenache, 30 % Viognier/Roussanne

Vinification: Grapes are hand-picked and fermented at low-temperature in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on its lees for 15% in oak barrels and 85% in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness. Description: Bouquet - Full-bodied wine with floral and fruity aromas. Taste - Complex, crisp and well-balanced, it is an incredible value and will improve with age Serving Suggestions: Will complement sushi, all kinds of fish as well as light meats.

My Notes:

Additional wines from Jean-Luc Colombo:

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.