90 year old tree of Cornus
It is completely different from the conventional Rhone wine where alcohol can be felt all over. Delicate, light fruit flavor. Since 2010, the second generation Roll Colombo has been handling wine. Femininity is felt more.
Father, mother, daughter, three brewers
In 1982, brewer Jean-Luc Colombo and his wife, Anne, who is also a brewer, established a research institute to undertake ingredient analysis for Cornus. There, he worked as a consultant for famous domaines such as Janas, contributing to the improvement of the quality of Northern Rhone wines. In 1995, he established his own domaine. He purchased grapes from a producer who was a consultant, and began working as a négociant. What they value is the balance of taste.
“Evaluated by chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, and Bernard Vochon. Because they value equilibre (balance).』
Thanks to the research institute, I was able to build a relationship with the maker. Therefore, it is possible to purchase high-quality grapes more efficiently than purchasing vineyards. We are not particular about making wine from our own grapes.
“Cooks carefully select ingredients, but they don’t grow them from seeds. The same is true for winemakers, and it is important to select grapes carefully. If we can do that, we will not lose to Domaine Wine.”
In 2010, his daughter, the brewer “Roll” also joined. She is a popular young brewer who is featured in each magazine. Originally, he was active as a sommelier at “Alain Ducasse” and others.
“After gaining experience in wineries in Champagne and India, he returned to France and enrolled in brewing school. Finally learned brewing at Chateau Haut Brion
She is increasing her farm. Centered on the northern Rhône, southern France is also developed. The fields of old trees are increasing.
Granite Syrah 'Cornas'
Syrah is said to be a picky variety. In less sun it gets bluer, but in the heat of the South it's too alcoholic and lacks structure. Located at the southernmost tip of the Northern Rhone, "Cornas" is said to be a utopia where Syrah shows its true form. Characterized by two climatic influences and granite soils. Cornas is where the continental and Mediterranean climates collide. A place where olive, rosemary, and garive, which are characteristic of the Mediterranean climate, and oak and beech trees, which are characteristic of the continental climate, grow naturally.
“Cool years such as 2010 have a northern continental climate. 2009, etc. Warm years are strongly influenced by the Southern Rhône.
The soil is weathered old granite. About 60 cm of topsoil is sand, granite and a little clay. Underneath is weathered granite.
“Côte Rôtie is mainly composed of crystalline schist and gneiss. Cornus is granite. The Hermitage is the same granite, but it contains a lot of ocher.”
Cornas is the most masculine of the Northern Rhône, but more elegant than Hermitage. There are also aromas of red fruits. It can be said that it is an equilibre wine. "Côte Rôtie" is steep and cool. Strong violet and spice nuances. The tannins are fine and hard. 'Hermitage' is characterized by dark ripe fruit and firm tannins. It's not hard, but it takes time for the tannins to mature.
"Cornas" is the smallest appellation in the Northern Rhone. It is only about 120ha. In 1982 they purchased the hillside plot of 'Les Rouches' in 'Cornas'.
“Les Rouchers includes 90-year-old trees. Since the site is located on a steep slope and the topsoil tends to flow away, wood chips are scattered to extend the undergrowth. The typical style of Cornus
Currently, the company's field is 12 ha. Actively buying fields of old trees, "Les Rouchers" still has the original "Pre-Phylloxera" Syrah. The original type of Syrah is easy to identify because it has a slender trunk that twists upwards.
“There used to be a lot of pre-phylloxera left. However, working on steep slopes was difficult, and in the mid-1900s many growers abandoned their fields.”
Now, the daughter "Roll" is also working on redeveloping the excellent parcels that were neglected in the past.
Une journée chez Jean Luc Colombo le 1er octobre 2012.
"The tailoring is eshara tailoring. An old style of tailoring in which the vine that stretches upward is attracted to a neighboring tree to create an arch shape.”
The amount of sunlight hitting the grapes can be adjusted by adjusting the amount of leaves at the top of the arch, which is effective, but the tractor cannot enter. Finally, etiquette depicts a bee. They protect the bees and release them into the wild while keeping the bees.
“90% of the pollination of grapes is done by bees. Protecting the bees not only promotes pollination, but also reduces pests.”
Cultivation basically adopts biologic, and values traditional methods such as old-fashioned tailoring. Brewing is changing with the times.
“The Rhône had a lot of heavy, oxidized wines. The ideal wine is one in which you can enjoy the fruit in a healthy way.”