Jean-Luc Colombo - Press Comments

Jean-Luc Colombo

Cornas Terres Brûlées 2020

“Translated as ‘The Roasted Earth’ this pretty example of Cornas is a blend of young and old vines (20-60 year old) from a variety of plots. Although this sample is halfway through its two year sojourn in oak, the first sniff is intoxicating, hedonistic and exciting. Very deep purple, the bouquet is concentrated and pure, with notes of fresh violets, juniper, liquorice. Fresh, mouth-filling with brambles and raspberries, a streak of blood orange acidity. The power and the purity is immense but you could drink this here and now if desired.”

Peter Dean, The-Buyer
5th November 2021

 

Cornas Les Ruchets 2020

“The nose offers small black cherries and savoury notes of rosemary, Chinese ink and resin. The mouthfeel has ripe, silky tannins, a sense of stone and mineral, terrific concentration and energy, with its pure flavoursome power gripping on the finish.”

Peter Dean, The-Buyer
5th November 2021

 

Cornas La Louvée 2020

“The wine is heavily textured, intense with the power turned up a notch. The mineral component is also one of the most distinguishing facets of this wine that is built for the long haul. The bouquet is floral with violets, raspberry, blueberry a touch of bacon perhaps; the mouthfeel has more presence and grip with some black notes of tapenade, liquorice and chocolate creeping in.”

Peter Dean, The-Buyer
5th November 2021

 

Cornas Le Vallon de l’aigle 2020

“Only made in outstanding vintages this 2000-bottle cuvée (translated as the Valley of the Eagle) comes from a very steep South-facing slope with vines aged 65-70 years. The wine really does need some years on the clock to fully appreciate it but the complexity and the ‘grand vin breeding’ of the terroir is evident already. The bouquet offers violets and raspberry but there is a wonderful note of incense here, with hints of tobacco. On the palate the wine is clearly a step up from the other wines – silky, very fine texture, inky and with terrific intensity. Gorgeous balance.”

Peter Dean, The-Buyer
5th November 2021

 

Cape Bleue Rosé (Mediterranée) 2020

“This invigorating rosé is a dusty-pink blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre. Raspberry and watermelon flavors are zesty and cutting, edged by crushed mineral and salt as well as lingering, thirst-quenching acidity. It would be lovely on a summer afternoon but also drinks well year round. ” 90 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
July 2021

 

Les Fées Brunes Syrah 2019

“Baked red plum, black cherry on the nose. Lush and rich on the palate with purple floral and black pepper flavours.” 91 points

Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

 

La Redonne White (Côtes du Rhône) 2019

“This is a 70/30 blend of Viognier and Roussanne that balances Viognier’s floral exuberance and richness with subtle notes of Roussanne’s chamomile and white pear characteristics. While dry and full bodied with a luscious, clinging mouthfeel, it’s balanced by zesty strikes of lemon and green-apple acidity.” 90 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
11/1/2021

 

Les Abeilles Red (Côtes du Rhône) 2019

“This luminous, unoaked blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre is a consistent bang-for-your-buck introduction to a Northern Rhône heavyweight producer. It highlights delightfully fresh, juicy blackberry and raspberry flavors accented by whispers of cinnamon, anise and allspice. Soft in tannins and zippy on the finish.” 90 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
11/1/2021

 

La Belle de Mai White (Saint-Péray) 2019

“Fresh yellow apples and pears are dusted with hints of tangerine zest, allspice and honey in this plump, tea-tinged blend of 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne. Fermented and matured in oak barrels (10% new) it’s a cream-textured white edged by twists of bitter walnut skin and orange-peel spice as well as lingering oak tannins.” 91 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
9/1/2021

 

Vallon de l’Aigle (Cornas) 2018

“Notes of charred earth, salt and iron collide with piercing blackberry and plum in this opulent yet sharply filigreed Syrah. The producer’s flagship Cornas, this bottling is made only in outstanding vintages from the free-run juice of low-yielding 70-year-old vines. Glossy and rich yet weightless and airy, it’s delicious in youth but has decades of evolution ahead.” 98 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

La Louvée (Cornas) 2018

“Lavishly floral compared to Colombo’s meatier, more earthen bottlings, La Louvée focuses on intensely ripe blackberry and blueberry flavors dusted with a shower of basalt and struck granite. Satiny on the palate and held upright by piercing black-currant acidity, this sleek, supple Syrah is ready now but should improve through 2035 and hold longer still.” 96 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

Les Ruchets (Cornas) 2018

“This inky, intensely plummy Syrah balances rich, pulsating black-fruit flavors against lip-smacking cassis and accents of tapenade, charcuterie and blood. Sourced from 90-year-old vines and aged 22 months in oak (15% new), the penetrating wine is framed by fine, firm tannins and lingering notes of vanilla, chocolate and earth.” 96 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

Terres Brulées (Cornas) 2018

“Terres Brulées, or burnt earth, aptly describes the nose on this enticingly smoky, singed Syrah. Vinified from fully destemmed grapes and matured 21 months in oak (10% new), it has joyously youthful black-cherry and cassis flavors. Kissed by vanilla and framed in silky tannins, it’s a fresh-footed expression of Cornas that’s drinking at peak now through 2028.” 93 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

Amour de Dieu (Condrieu) 2018

“Condrieu is typically an aromatic wine but this honeysuckle-scented sip stuns with its piercing tangerine, apricot and lychee exuberance. Fermented in stainless steel and matured 10 months on its lees in oak (15% new), it’s a spicy, cream-textured wine that’s irresistible young but should continue to gain complexity through 2030 and longer.” 94 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

La Divine (Côte Rôtie) 2018

“Sourced from 50-year-old vines of co-planted Grenache (95%) and Viognier (5%), this piercing, peppery wine showcases concentrated flavors of redcurrant jelly and blackberry pastilles. Matured 18 months in oak barrels (15% new), it’s a weighty, structured red anchored by zingy acidity and subtle strikes of crushed earth, smoke and iron.” 94 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

Les Abeilles Red (Côtes du Rhône) 2018

“Violet perfume, leather and earth collide on the nose of this rich, intensely fruity blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. A fantastic bargain bottling that delivers consistently year after year, it offers plump, pristine cassis flavor etched by smoky, savory complexities. The finish is marked by a whisper of heat. Best enjoyed young.” 90 points

Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
10/1/2021

 

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

“Solidly built, with a cedar and alder frame inlaid along the edges of the pure plum and cassis core, while hints of bay leaf, olive and sweet tobacco unwind slowly through the finish. A late flicker of iron keeps this grounded.” 93 points

JM, Wine Spectator
31st May 2020

“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

“This mixes dark currant and blackberry compote flavors with mouthwatering savory, bay leaf and bramble notes, imparting an energetic feel through the well-packed finish, which reveals a long, latent echo of warm cast iron.” 94 points

JM, Wine Spectator
31st May 2020

“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

“This brims with velvety açaí berry, blueberry and blackberry reduction flavors that spill forth easily, guided by violet, lavender, bay leaf and singed sandalwood notes. The long finish reveals a tug of fresh earth, flowing through beautifully.” 95 points

JM, Wine Spectator
31st May 2020

“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

 

Cornas, Vallon de l’Aigle 2017

“This is youthfully rugged, with lots of bay leaf, cedar and wet stone notes forming a broad-edged frame around a core of steeped bitter plum, dark currant and tar flavors. A long cast iron element smolders through the finish. Offers an alluring old-school hint. For the cellar.” 96 points

JM, Wine Spectator
31st May 2020

 

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