Jean-Luc Colombo, Les Mejeans, AOC (AOP) Cornas, Northern Rhone, France, 2012
Varietal syrah, natural cork closure, 13.5%, en France, about €19
Cornas is south of, and contiguous with, St Joseph, and south-west of Hermitage, on the opposite right bank of the Rhone. Cornas is viewed as the country cousin to Hermitage. Terroir – well-drained granitic soils, with complex steep topography of valleys and gullies up to 400m elevation, that act as sun-traps, and protect from the wind and rain of the Rhone corridor. The vineyards are steeply terraced. Jean-Luc Colombo is one of the top producers, along with August Clape, and negociants such as Jaboulet. Colombo adopts the modernist approach, de-stemming and using various proportions of barrique for ageing.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with slightly high toned aromas of kirsch-like ripe red cherry, ripe red currant, red berry juice, violets, vanilla and oak, and a hint of mocha.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, fine-grained well-integrated medium tannin, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, of medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe red cherry, squashed cranberry, black berry and an oaky note. A long length and a clean slightly grippy finish.
Quality – A good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol which are in keeping with the flavour intensity. A wine of some complexity and a good level of flavour concentration, developing, with tertiary notes of kirsch and mocha. This wine has balance and concentration to improve in cellar for 3-5 years.