Innovation, passion and dedication are what drives Jean-Luc and Anne Colombo, whose contributions to Rhône Valley winemaking is unparalleled. A devotee of the Syrah grape and armed with a pharmacy degree, Jean-Luc and his wife, Anne, opened their wine laboratory in 1984, “Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône” and quickly developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant throughout France. For their significant life-long contributions to their country, both Jean-Luc and Anne have been awarded the French Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian award. The Colombo’s innovative approach in the northern appellation of Cornas was nothing short of revolutionary. Today, Jean-Luc Colombo’s wines express the typicity of their terroir with elegance and character, from the Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône to his Provençal roses.
TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Cape Bleue Rosé comes from the stony, limestone (Calcaire) vineyards nestled in the hills above the bay of Marseille (the area next to Provence). The influence of the sea, sun and lake provides for hot days and cool nights – ideal for grape growing.
Traditional “saignée” method is used, undergoing a 10 hour cold soak until desired color achieved, then tanks are drained of all juice or must.
Fermentation occurs at low temperature for 3 weeks to preserve primary aromas in stainless steel vats.
Soft, delicate salmon pink color. On the nose, subtle hints of peach, rose petal, watermelon, and tropical fruit. The palate shows dry, round, and full finesse with notes of fresh berries. A great rosé to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fish, poultry dishes and vegetarian fare.