is a relatively young French wine company. Jean-Luc, and his wife, Anne, moved to Cornas from Marseille in 1982 to set up a pharmacy and oenology lab. Four years later, he bought his first vineyard and celebrated his first vintage in 1987. Top quality fruit is sourced from Colombo’s own 20 hectares of vineyards in the northern Rhone
(where the company have their headquarters) primarily in Cornas
and St Peray, and from his 40 hectares of pioneering vineyard development in the stunning ‘Blue Coast’ area. This is truly a family business: Anne is vineyard manager and wine-maker, as is Laure, their daughter, who joined the family domaine in 2010. Laure is also the figurehead for the sister brand of Colombo & Fille
. The winemaking philosophy is classic – it is about respecting the fruit, with vinification and élévage serving to define a style that should exalt elegance and complexity, with good fruit and freshness, and balanced minerality, alcohol and tannins. Jean-Luc Colombo's Condrieu Amour de Dieu
is 100% Viognier from very steep, granitic vineyards. The wine is raised on its fine lees for 1/3 in new oak, 1/3 in 1 year old and 1/3 in 2 years old oak barrel. A weekly stirring of the lees takes place during the first months. Then the malolactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels.
Condrieu Amour de Dieu lives up to its name "the love of gods" - it is beautifully complex, packed with spice, apricot and peach characters. Rich and powerful, aromatic and long with an elegant finish. The vinification in oak is finely mastered and enhances the delicacy of the wine. Despite the intensity, it stays surprisingly fresh and has a perfect balance of sugar, acidity and alcohol.
Food & Wine match:
Try with grilled and roasted white meats, fish / shellfish and mature strong cheeses.