Jean-Luc's fulfillment of a childhood dream came with the purchase of his first vineyard, a small parcel of old vines planted on a granite hillside overlooking the village of Cornas. The 1987 release of Jean-Luc’s first vintage of Cornas Les Ruchets was a great success, taking the French wine world by storm, and becoming the first in a long series of vintages of what is universally regarded as Colombo’s iconic wine. Early success fueled the swift acquisition of additional vineyards. Jean-Luc has remained true to his passion for winemaking and constant to his guiding principle: Show respect for nature and the unique qualities of each and every terroir.
Living in the middle of their vineyards in Cornas, Jean-Luc and Anne have always wanted to preserve their environment by acting in harmony with nature’s abundance. Thus, for many years organic methods have been used in their vineyards. These included banning the use of any pesticides, using bark mulch in the vineyards (which preserves the natural microorganisms and humidity in the soil yet retards the growth of plants which compete with the vines for water and nutrients), and encouraging the natural biodiversity of the vineyard by planting trees around each plot and allowing wildflowers to bloom.
2010 was a 'Grand Annee'. A severe winter was followed by late budding in the spring, a hot dry July and a cooler August. September arrived with sunny days and cool nights. Wines from this vintage show complexity but overall excellent balance.
The grapes are harvested manually in small cases and vinified traditionally. The wine is matured for 9 months, half in oak barrels of 1 and 2 years old.
Typical aromas of Syrah from the northern Rhône dominate; red fruits and blackcurrant characters balanced with rich spicy notes. The wine is well-structured with good grip from the tannins.