Colombo and Fille Saint Joseph is a red wine from the from the northern Rhone wine-growing region. The red wines of Saint Joseph must be made from predominantly Syrah but up to 10% can be made up from white grape varieties Marsanne or Roussanne or a blend thereof. Colombo and Fille Saint Joseph is 100% Syrah.
Jean-Luc Colombo 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 Colombos 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.
As mentioned, Colombo and Fille Saint Joseph is 100% Syrah hand harvested from vineyards in the Saint Joseph AOC. The wine is vinified in a traditional manner, with a long maceration, and is then aged for a minimum of 12 months in a mixture in 20% new and 80% old oak barrels (1,2,3 and 4 years old).