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. Soon after, Jean-Luc and Anne began purchasing their own vineyards first, in Cornas then throughout the Rhône and Languedoc - leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo.
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. The heart of his winery is based in Cornas, the smallest appellation in the Rhône Valley. Covering only 325 acres, it is nonetheless highly delineated with incredibly diverse microclimates that make an extraordinary impact on the profile of the wines. With a strong Mediterranean influence, summers here are warm. Ancient vineyards are found mostly on steep, south-facing terraced slopes. Decomposed granite soils and stressed growing conditions greatly contribute to the quintessential quality and character of Cornas wines.
"Les Collines de Laure" (The Hills of Laure) is a blend of grapes from Northern Rhone appellations, with 80% coming from young vines of Cornas and the remainder from St Joseph and Crozes Hermitage. The wine is named after these hilly vineyard sites where Laure played as a child. The grapes are grown in granitic soil typical to the Northern Rhone Valley, on 15-year-old vines from Cornas. Grapes are hand-harvested and 100% free run juice is used. Vinification in stainless steel tanks. Bottled after seven months; no aok is used.