Jean-Luc Colombo ‘Les Méjeans’ Cornas 1999

img_3005.jpgThe appellation of Cornas is one of the smallest in the northern Rhône where its terraced vineyards are situated in a protective amphitheatrical basin. Hot temperatures in combination with granitic sand/clay soils produce Syrah-based wines that are sturdy yet pure and intense. Although the wines get solid attention, the appellation only recently revived from decennia of decline combined with conservative and backward winemaking practices. It was Jean-Luc Colombo who changed this by introducing modern techniques like total destemming of grapes and ageing in (partly) new barriques. He not only applies this to his estate-grown fruit, he also acts as consultant-négociant for numerous other domaines and growers in most of the Rhône-appellations, Côtes du Rousillon, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence and Languedoc. Les Méjeans is one of Colombo’s wines made from purchased old vine fruit. It hasn’t got the grandeur of Les Ruchets or La Louvée but it’s still an excellent expression of Cornas moulded by modern winemaking. The deep purple colour of the wine didn’t give away any clues and only the sediment left in the bottle after decanting underlined the age of the wine. With lots of raspberries, blackcurrants and chocolate the nose is still fresh and fragrant with little signs of ageing. In the mouth the wine starts with supple and round primary fruits while rustic tannins, earth, leather, tobacco and game dominate the mid and back of the palate. With primary and secondary characters all balanced, fresh acidity and solid tannins this wine is in the prime of its life and offers genuine but civilised, somewhat polished Cornas. 90 points.

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers  Price: $70  Drink: Now-2009

Web: www.vinsjlcolombo.3it.com

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