Winery Notes Hailed as the winemaking wizard of the Rhône, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile international reputation for making innovative wines that are original, memorable and bursting with personality. Despite a resolute aversion to change in the Cornas region, Colombo has brazenly introduced innovative methods in his vineyards and throughout the production process based on a respect for nature and his fundamental belief that good wine is the culmination of three key elements: terroir, human endeavor and modern winemaking techniques.
The result? A more accessible style of Rhône Valley wines, reflecting an exuberance of fruit and depth of expression and showcasing the full potential of the Syrah grape when grown in the unique terroir of Cornas. Through his intense dedication, Colombo has brought the wines of Cornas into the international limelight.
The company now embraces 27 wines representing major appellations of the Rhône Valley as well as the Languedoc and Roussillon regions of southern France.
Les Abeilles, or “the bees” in French, is a virtuoso white wine blend of traditional southern Rhone white grapes. Supple, harmonious and full-bodied, with floral and fruity aromas.
Grapes are hand-picked and fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged on its lees, 15% in oak barrels and 85% in stainless steel tanks to preserve its freshness.
Tasting Date: 02/01/2012
Varietal: White Blend 70% Clairette/Grenach – 30% Viognier/Roussanne
Country: Rhone, France
Tasting Date Price: $11.99
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Vineyard Website: http://www.palmbay.com/jean-luc-colombo.htm
Visual Aspect: Straw yellow
Nose: Floral and fruity
Palate: Creamy melon and a blanched almond frame
Food Pairing: Grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses.