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Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Leading off the two single parcel selections, the 2014 Cornas la Louvée (which translates to "The She-Wolf" and comes from 70-year-old vines) is more concentrated and layered than the Terres Brûlées. It offers outstanding notes of cassis, toasted spice, creamy licorice and a hint of violets in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, elegant and seamless package. It will keep for a decade or more.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum

Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2015 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Also beautiful, the 2015 St Péray La Belle de Mai checks in as 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne that’s from a mix of limestone and granite soils, vinified and aged in oak. It offers a terrific perfume of sautéed apples, vanilla bean, white peach and toasted bread to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, impeccably balanced feel on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2015 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

While the 2015 Cornas Les Ruchets sees more new oak than the Terres Brûlées release (15% new oak), it shows less of it and has a sensational bouquet of blackberries, crushed rocks, violets and exotic flowers. This full-bodied, concentrated Cornas has present, yet ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and a great finish. It will drink well for 10-15 years.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves"

2015 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2015 St Joseph Les Lauves is a forward, medium to full-bodied, fresh, borderline sexy St Joseph that’s loaded with notions of blackberry jam, cassis, hints of crushed rocks and pepper. I suspect it will be a smoking value and Northern Rhône lovers should buy a case for drinking over the coming 3-4 years (although I suspect it will keep longer as well).

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Joseph "Les Lauves" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

From the Chaillot lieu-dit and the most concentrated and rich in the lineup, the 2014 Cornas Les Ruchets was the tightest, most backward and reserved on this occasion. It slowly gave up notes of ripe dark fruits, lavender, hints of minerality and damp earth, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific mid-palate and ripe, sweet tannin. It needs to be forgotten for a year of three, and like the cuvée La Louvée, will drink well for a decade.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2015 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Looking at the Cornas releases, which they’re moving to bottling just a touch earlier than they have in the past, the 2015 Cornas Terres Brûlées sees malolactic fermentation in barrel and is aged in 10% new French oak. It’s a ripe, nicely concentrated, forward and elegant red that has a kiss of oak in its black raspberry, toasted spice, cassis and exotic floral-based bouquet. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, fruit forward and nicely balanced, give it a year or two to integrate its oak and enjoy bottles through 2025.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2014
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brûlées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Offers some lovely ripeness, with blueberry compote, plum sauce and melted licorice notes gliding together seamlessly, offset deftly by a hint of chalk that lengthens the finish. A pleasant whiff of tobacco lurks in the background. A wonderful effort for the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2024.

Wine Spectator May 31, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2014 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Fleshy and layered, with crushed blueberry, açai berry and plum flavors that have melded together, carried by a dense but rounded structure. The long finish lets sweet tobacco and dark fruit cake notes check in. A loamy tug at the end keeps this honest. Best from 2018 through 2029.

Wine Spectator November 15, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Solidly built, with a beautifully ripe core of blueberry, plum and blackberry paste flavors pumping along, inlaid with ample charcoal and bay leaf notes. The long finish is toasted, fleshy and well-integrated. Best from 2018 through 2029. 

Wine Spectator November 15, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum

Cape Bleue Rosé

2015 France Provence
88 Points

Cherries and oregano are a pleasantly vibrant combination of aromas for this light salmon colored wine. Steely minerals mix with ripe red berries and fleshy yellow and white peaches for a balanced and almost creamy flavor.

Ultimate Wine Challenge June 2016
Cape Bleue Rosé Bottle

Cornas "Les Ruchets"

2011 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Like the La Louvee, this wine is plummy and superripe, wrapped in toasty, cedary oak. It's savory as well, with meaty notes carried along by waves of richness. The finish is lined with mouthcoating tannins, suggesting a few years of cellaring are warranted. Drink 2018-2030.

Cellar Selection Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Les Ruchets" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2011 France Rhone Valley
94 Points

Dried spices, cracked pepper and roasted meat notes scream of Syrah and the Northern Rh?ne. It?s medium to full in body, but with fine tannins and bright acidity, making it remarkably easy to drink. Approachable now, it should still be drinking well through 2030.

Editors? Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast May 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brûlées" bottle Platinum

"Amour de Dieu" Condrieu

2013 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Bright yellow. Aromas of fresh orchard and pit fruits, white flowers and honey carry a smoky mineral overtone. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering lively peach and bitter pear skin flavors that show very good depth and focus. On the lithe side of the Condrieu equation, with zero excess fat. Closes on a repeating mineral note, with very good cling and nervy persistence.

Vinous March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo "Amour de Dieu" Condrieu bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2013 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Inky purple. Deep-pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, dark chocolate, licorice and black pepper, backed by a hint of smokiness. Broad, sweet and open-knit, showing very good intensity to the blackberry liqueur and bitter chocolate flavors. This powerful, concentrated, emphatically fruity Cornas finishes smoky and quite long, with strong thrust and spicy persistence.

Vinous March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Terres Brûlées"

2013 France Rhone Valley
90 Points

Vivid purple. Candied cherry, cassis and olive paste on the highly perfumed nose. Lush, round and sweet, offering juicy, pepper-laced dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. A smoky note comes up on the finish, which is firmed by smooth, nicely integrated tannins.

Ultimate Spirits Challenge March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Terres Brûlées" bottle Platinum

Cornas "Vallon de l'Aigle"

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Dark purple. Powerful smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of dark berries, cherry liqueur and vanilla, along with a suggestion of olive in the background. Smooth, broad and sweet on the palate, offering concentrated blackberry and violet pastille flavors and a jolt of smoky minerality on the back half. Shows quite impressive energy and focus for its heft. Finishes velvety and extremely long, displaying excellent focus, harmonious tannins and lingering spiciness.

Vinous March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "Vallon de l'Aigle" bottle Platinum

Côtes du Rhône "La Redonne"

2014 France Rhone Valley
89 Points

Light, green-tinged yellow. Zesty, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh orchard fruits, honeydew melon and tangerine show good lift and clarity. Juicy pear and melon flavors unfold slowly, picking up a subtle hint of fresh fig with air. The tangerine note repeats on a silky, nicely persistent finish that's firmed by a late jolt of bitter citrus pith.

Vinous March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône "La Redonne" bottle

Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai"

2014 France Rhone Valley
91 Points

Limpid gold. Fresh orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of honey, tarragon and orange zest. Ripe and fleshy on the palate, showing very good depth and power to the expansive ripe pear, nectarine and orange flavors. Finishes smooth and very long, displaying a resonating citrus note and building mineral and floral qualities.

Vinous March 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Saint-Peray "La Belle de Mai" bottle Platinum

Hermitage Rouge "Le Rouet"

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

Hermitage quality with Chambolle style," one panelist said of this wine, an impressively elegant take on this sunny granite hillside. Pulled from 60 year old vines in Le Meal and Les Greffieux, with three percent roussane in the blend, it's dark and elegant, the meaty plum fruit lifted on a wave of sweet florals and tangy red berry flavor and held there, wieghtless and transparent. It lasts, feeling quintessentially French, earthy and elegant at once.

Year?s Best Award
Wine & Spirits February 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Hermitage Rouge "Le Rouet" bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2013 France Rhone Valley
93 Points

The 2013 Cornas la Louvee is gorgeous and has considerable elegance and purity in its cassis, liquid blackberry, licorice and crushed rock-laced bouquet. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, pure, perfectly balanced Cornas that has plenty of tannin, yet also plenty of fruit and mid-palate depth. More mineral driven than the les Ruchets, enjoy this complete, textured and lengthy 2013 anytime over the coming 15 years.

Wine Advocate December 2015
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum