Jean-Luc Colombo Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles is 100% Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc Roussillon wine growing region. 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 “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 Picpoul de Pinet grapes come from vineyards planted on light stony limestone soils situated on a plateau surrounded by pine forests. The climate is Mediterranean (as is the local vegetation – thyme, lavender, live oaks, pine trees) with maritime influences. The wine is vinified traditionally, with a long fermentation at low temperature followed by quick bottling to preserve its freshness and fruit.
The wine is traditionally vinified with a long fermentation at low temperature to preserve freshness and fruit. The label depicts two fish – Les Girelles. Le Girelle, singular, is a rock fish also known as the Mediterranean Rainbow Wrasse that is commonly used to make the famous Bouillabaisse fish soup of the region.
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Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.