Monday, December 13, 2010

**+ $ Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2008, Cornas, France - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: Jean-Luc Colombo Les Abeilles Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2008, is from the Cornas-based winemaker and negociant, Jean-Luc Colombo. He is known for producing traditional French grapes with a bit more "new world" flair.

The white version of "Les Abeilles" - meaning "bees" in French - is a blend of southern Rhone white grapes, including 40% clairette, 30% grenache blanc, 20% viognier and 10% roussanne. into what is termed a Cotes du Rhone Blanc. It is finished at 12.5% alcohol. Earlier, Spirit of Wine awarded three stars and a best value nod to the red version of this wine, Les Abeilles Rouge, 2007.

Original Review, November, 2009... In the glass: Les Abeilles Blanc is transparent to light yellow in the glass.

On the nose: Aromas are moderately bold, pushing a squeaky, sweet metallic sheen into your nostrils.

On the palate: You detect a dry honey upper-palate flavor as the first note, just a bit resembling a dry honey mead. Citrus, pineapple acid notes carry the honey-esque overtones into the crevices of your mouth and jaws. Just a bit of slickness follows.

And the finish: Clean and moderately lengthy, extended by the clingy acids.

In summary: A tangy, bright, moderately intense experience, solid two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its lively, friendly nature and decent balance. Good value at its bargain price.
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Updated Review, about a year later, December, 2010:  Color has developed a touch of honey.  Still squeaky clean and bright aromas with hint of metal.  Think crushed white currants.  The palate is richer and sweeter than a year ago,  bringing a balanced tropical mix.  Finish contains a bit of sugar, just slightly cloying, but still apparent acids.  Rating holds consistent.

Following a long decant, several days in partial bottle, kept cool and under vacuum:  Aromas are much more shy.  Palate has fallen apart a bit as well.  Drink fresher upon opening.

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