Côtes du Rhône Les Abeilles 2016, Jean Luc Colombo
France / Rhone
Andy's Tasting Notes
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre. A well crafted Cotes du Rhone with excellent depth – juicy raspberry and cherry fruit with lots of spice and vineyard herby-ness.
Produced from older vines with a minimum age of 25 years – this is well priced for it’s overall quality.
Meaning ‘the bees’ Les Abeilles reflects the passion the Colombo family has for the habitat around their Cornas vineyards. They have their own beehives which produce local honey and are active supporters of honey bee research in France, the US and the UK.
Price per bottle £10.60
Jean-Luc fulfilled a childhood dream with his purchase of his first vineyard, Les Ruchets, a small parcel of old vines planted on a granite hillside overlooking the village of Cornas, and celebrated his first vintage in 1987. This was his starting point and now his thirty plus strong wine portfolio extends to all of the Rhône valley and beyond. Cornas is their speciality and is regarded by many as the appellation to look out for in the Rhône.
The challenging, steep hillsides of pure granite, produce the finest 100% Syrah. All fruit is hand-picked, which is understandable once you’ve stood in one of the vineyards! Jean-Luc is also passionate about irrigation – there is none.
Their vineyards in Cornas and Saint-Peray are fully organically certified.
Jean-Luc Colombo – husband, father, winemaker and charismatic figurehead with the affectionate nickname: “the winemaking wizard of the Rhône Valley”. Anne Colombo – wife, mother, vineyard manager and oenologist. Laure Colombo – daughter, Masters in Management and in Oenology, winemaker and also figurehead for sister brand: Colombo & Fille.
Food matchBaked aubergine with tomato