Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets is one of the estate’s top Cornas wines. It is a single vineyard wine produced from Colombo’s very first vineyard, “Les Ruchets”, which translates as The Beehives.
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 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 Cote d’Azure. Jean-Luc’s daughter is also a winemaker in her own right and makes wines under her Colombo & Fille label.
Located one left bank of the Rhone River, Cornas is part of the Northern Rhône hillsides and it is where Syrah gives its greatest expression. It has the best landscape and soils for Syrah and benefits from Mediterranean influences which bring great character to the wine. Surrounded by the esteemed appellations of the northern Rhône Valley such as Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, Cornas produces an elegant Syrah with lovely flower aromas such as lilac and iris, and the fruit bursts with flavors of black currant and licorice. Jean-Luc’s finest wines are from Cornas in the Northern Rhône Valley. His collection of Cornas, Les Ruchets, La Louvée and Terres Brulées, express a balanced structure and they have an alluring elegance. They have a gorgeous nose of black fig and plum confiture with an abundance of sweet coca-scented toast.He meticulously crafts his wines and pays great attention to every step of the winemaking process from the vineyard to the glass.
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets is 100% Syrah from the steep, 5.4 acre Les Ruchets vineyard. The vines are are very old, 90+ years and the roots extend down as far as 20 metres. The soils hare are decomposed granite soils and the local stressed growing conditions greatly contribute to the quintessential quality and character of Cornas wines. Cornas AOC has strict laws. Irrigation is not permitted and maximum yields are 34 hl/ha. After manual harvesting the Syrah grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks after a long maceration of 30 days. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 20 months (50% new, 50% 1 to 2 years old barrels.)
This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.