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Jean-Luc Colombo

Saint-Péray, La Belle de Mai 2018

“The 2018 Saint Peray la Belle de Mai is a top-flight effort. A co-fermented mix of Marsanne and Roussanne, it’s round with a hint of honeyed richness. Medium to full-bodied, it’s silky-textured and lush, with a lingering finish. Drink it now and over the next two years. 91 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019

 

Condrieu, Amour de Dieu 2017

“Super-bright, attractive apricots with very pure, pristine and nicely judged ripeness. The texture is like silk. Deeply flavoursome peaches and apricots here. Handy balance. Drink or hold. 92 points

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
29th August 2019

 

Côtes du Rhône, Les Forots 2017

“Sourced about 20 kilometers south of Cornas, Colombo’s 2017 Cotes du Rhone les Forots is a 50-50 blend of tank-aged Grenache and barrel-aged Syrah. It’s full-bodied and supple, with fun, red-fruit notes of strawberry and pomegranate that finish with silky tannins and crisp acids. Drink it over the next few years. 89 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019

 

Cornas, Terres Brûlées 2017

“The 2017 Cornas Terres Brulees seems fresher, lighter and lower in alcohol than the 2018. It delivers classic Cornas notes of crushed stone and red currants but retains the full-bodied, velvety texture that is a Colombo hallmark. 90 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019

“Deep magenta color. Smoky, mineral-accented black and blue scents are complicated by building olive, vanilla and floral accents. Seamless and broad on the palate, offering blackberry and boysenberry flavors that become deeper and spicier with air. A sexy violet note comes up on the finish, which shows very good tenacity and smooth, harmonious tannins. 90-91 points”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
July 2019

 

Cornas, Les Ruchets 2017

“Marked by notes of mocha and purple raspberries, the 2017 Cornas les Ruchets is full-bodied and velvety on the palate. Notes of cola and wood spice linger on the long, mouthwatering finish. This is one parcel of vines that shows well in warm years, because its east-facing aspect protects it from the worst of the afternoon heat. 93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019

“Inky ruby. An expansive bouquet evokes ripe black/blue fruits and smoky bacon, along with suggestions of olive paste, licorice and dark chocolate. Offers deeply concentrated, smoke- and spice-accented blackberry liqueur and bitter cherry flavors that show excellent delineation. A mineral nuance builds with air. Finishes broad and spicy, with building tannins and a sexy, strongly persistent floral note. 93-94 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
July 2019

 

Cornas, Le Louvée 2017

“The 2017 Cornas la Louvee comes across as being quite different from the 2018, offering up fresh raspberry aromas and flavors. It’s still full-bodied and velvety, but it’s also salty, crunchy and vibrant, with a long, licorice and pepper-tinged finish. 93 points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019

“Dark purple. Aromas of ripe, smoke-tinged dark berries and pungent flowers are sharpened by intense mineral and spice flourishes. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering energetic blackberry and violet pastille flavors along with salty olive and cracked pepper nuances. Fleshes out with air while maintaining vivacity and finishes bright, spicy and impressively long, displaying excellent clarity, steadily building tannins and suave florality. 91-93 points

Josh Raynolds, Vinous
July 2019

 

IGP Méditerranée, Les Anthenors Blanc 2018

“The 2018 IGP Mediterranee Les Anthenors Clairette includes a bit of Clairette Rose for the first time, as those vines were planted in 2015. The rest of the vines date to 2009. It’s an intense, barrel-fermented wine that could age well past what I’ve suggested, but I figure to be conservative until the wine has more of a track record. Round and ripe, it boasts lovely white peach aromas and flavors accented by white pepper notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, yet the spice elements keep it lively and focused on the finish. 91+ points

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
19th December 2019