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Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2000

Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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Winemaker Notes

Production Area: Single vineyard site. Granite arenas on the steep slopes of the right bank of the Northern Rhône. Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah from 70–year-old + vines. Vinification: All work in the vineyard is done manually. After total de-stemming, the grapes are macerated for one month, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged 18 months in new oak barrels.

Description: Bouquet - Powerful, rich and complex: Aromas of black fruits, hints of chocolate and liquorice. Taste: Harmonious and elegant, "La Louvée" exhibits an outstanding concentration and a long and lingering finish. Enjoyable in youth, it has the potential to mature and evolve for another two decades or more. Serving Suggestions: A Cornas which pairs perfectly with beef, game, truffles and mushrooms.

"The 2000 Cornas La Louvee boasts an inky black/purple color as well as an opulent personality displaying flamboyant notes of black fruits, melted licorice, asphalt, and minerals. There is some spicy new oak, but the wine's low acid, sweet, tannic personality makes for a sumptuous glass of Cornas that is destined to be drunk young. Nevertheless, it has the concentration and overall balance to age well for 12-15 years. La Louvee comes from 70-year old vines, and is aged in 100% new oak, as opposed to Les Ruchets' 70% new oak. This is Cornas at its most intense and concentrated, with a nod to the modern technique of barrique aging."
-The Wine Advocate

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Jean-Luc Colombo

Jean-Luc Colombo

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Jean-Luc Colombo, Cornas, Rhone, France
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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.

Distinguished as a fine Syrah producing zone since the 18th century, Cornas, like Cote Rotie, is made up of vineyards covering steep and hard-to-work, granite terraces. As a result the region’s wines fell out of favor during the mid 20th century when the global market was more focused on bulk wines and vineyards that yielded high quantities. It wasn’t until the 1980s when a group of energetic young winemakers reestablished the integrity of these precipitous terraces and also began making an ultra-modern style of Syrah. The new style didn’t need a decade before it was drinkable and could reach the consumer faster than the region’s traditional wines. Given the new quality coming out of the zone, its popularity once again soared and today a good Cornas can easily challenge many of those from Hermitage. Characteristics of Syrah from Cornas include teeth-staining flavors of blackberry jam, plum, pepper, violets, smoked game, charcoal, chalk dust and smoke.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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