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Production Area: This wine has its origins in one of the best terroirs of rolled river pebbles in Châteauneuf du Pape in the Southern Rhône Valley.
Grape Varieties: 45% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre.
Vinification: The wine is matured traditionally in one- and two-year-old oak barrels.
Bouquet - Aromas of thyme, rosemary and other herbs typical of the "garrigue" (Mediterranean scrubland).
Taste - A powerful wine, full-bodied, with notes of ripe fruit and liquorice.
Serving Suggestions: "Les Bartavelles" will complement game, beef stew or lamb
A native of Marseilles, Colombo first developed a strong admiration for the wines of the Rhone Valley in the late 1970s as a pharmacy student. A devotee of the Syrah grape, Colombo was convinced that the northern Rhone appellation of Cornas offered enormous and, at the time, unrecognized potential for producing super-quality Syrah wines. After earning degrees in pharmacy and...Read More About Jean-Luc Colombo
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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