Jean Luc Colombo

What happens when you combine a creative, adventurous spirit with an unbridled passion for wines of quality and character? For lovers of fine wines from France's Rhône Valley, the answer is simple: Jean-Luc Colombo.

What happens when you combine a creative, adventurous spirit with an unbridled passion for wines of quality and character? For lovers of fine wines from France's Rhône Valley, the answer is simple: Jean-Luc Colombo.

A devotee of the Syrah grape, Jean-Luc was convinced that the northern Rhône appellation of Cornas offered enormous potential for producing stellar quality Syrah. Following his conviction, he opened his own wine laboratory in Cornas and developed a thriving reputation as a wine consultant, breathing new life into the then-obscure wines of Cornas.
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Shortly after, Colombo began purchasing his own vineyards first in Cornas then throughout the Rhône Valley and Languedoc - leading to the establishment in 1994 of Vins Jean-Luc Colombo. In 2003, Colombo enhanced his ventures by returning to his roots near Marseille and purchasing vineyards to produce the now highly-successful Cape Bleue Rosé.

In addition to running Vins Jean-Luc Colombo, Colombo continues his consulting practice, advising approximately 100 producers throughout the Rhône Valley, Switzerland and southern France. His wife, Anne, who is closely involved in the production of the Cornas wines, manages the consulting practice.

In 2010, Laure Colombo, Anne and Jean-Luc's daughter, joined the family business. An avid world traveler, Laure studied viticulture in Bordeaux and also holds a Masters degree in Oenology from Montpellier University. She now works alongside her parents and is already making a name for herself as one of the Rhône's rising stars.

Each Jean-Luc Colombo wine is highly personalized, sourced from Colombo's own vineyards and from carefully selected domains under his direct consultation. A unique, water color painting graces each label and illustrates both the name and the story behind each wine. With wines as vibrant and memorable as the family who makes them, Vins Jean-Luc Colombo has made a major impact on the evolution of modern French winemaking.

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Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Blanc 2016
"Intense floral aromas with scents of peach and melon with herbal and mineral notes. This is a complex, crisp and well-balanced wine with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and pear. A food-friendly wine which perfectly matches grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses." ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 29974
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
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Jean Luc Colombo 'Cape Bleue' Rose 2017
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“Soft, delicate salmon pink. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal, watermelon, and tropical fruit. Dry, round and full of finesse with notes of fresh berries.”~winery notes
Item Number: 28117
Bottle:$8.95
Case: $107.40
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Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2016
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 “This buoyant red wine is marked by aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries and anise. It's full bodied and plump but balanced by crisp acidity and a firm, tannic finish. An easy-drinking but classic Côtes du Rhône, it has just a hint of mineral intensity. Enjoy now–2021.”-WE 

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Blanc 2015
"Intense floral aromas with scents of peach and melon with herbal and mineral notes. This is a complex, crisp and well-balanced wine with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and pear. A food-friendly wine which perfectly matches grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses." ~ Winery notes

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2015
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88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88 "Best Buy" "It's medium to full in body, with supple tannins and super ripe plum and chocolate flavors that pick up hints of rasin."  "Intense purple in color. Red fruit, leather and spice. Complex, with flavors of licorice and spice and silky tannins. A food-friendly wine

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2014
"Intense purple in color. Red fruit, leather and spice. Complex, with flavors of licorice and spice and silky tannins. A food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses."~ winery notes

Jean Luc Colombo 'Cape Bleue' Rose 2016
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Wine Spectator 88 "10 recommended roses from around the world" "Streamlined watermelon and white cherry fruit has a very fresh feel. Ends with a light floral hint on the persistent finish…precise and pure. Syrah and Mourvèdre.”  "Soft, delicate salmon pink color. Subtle aromas of peach, rose

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2013
"Intense purple, with Seductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf. This is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate. A food-friendly wine which will perfectly match grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses."~Winery Notes

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2007
" 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre. Hailed as the winemaking wizard ot the Rhone, Jean-Luc Colombo has achieved a high-profile reputation for innovative wines that are bursting with personality. Les Abeilles, or "the bees" in French is a masterful blend of traditional southern Rhone grapes

Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose 2010 3.0L
85  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 85 "A light, slightly crisp rose, showing brisk cherry pit and watermelon rind notes and a dry, minerally finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported." James Molesworth   "Soft, delicate pink in color. Subtle hints of Peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Round and full of

Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose 2014
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"Soft, delicate pink in color. Subtle hints of Peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Round and full of finesse, surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel." ~Winery notes

Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rose 1.5L
" Soft, delicate pink. Subtle hints of peach, rose petal and pepper on the nose. Subtle, round and full of finesse. Surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel. A great rose to enjoy on its own or with a wide range of appetizers, fish, poultry

Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Blanc 2014
"Intense floral aromas with scents of peach and melon with herbal and mineral notes. This is a complex, crisp and well-balanced wine with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and pear. A food-friendly wine which perfectly matches grilled lamb, pork and assorted cheeses." ~ Winery notes


Jean Luc Colombo LesFeesBrunes Crozes Hermitage 2006
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"Racy and pure, with violet, mineral, iron and black cherry fruit that races along the fine-grained structure. Nicely done. Drink now through 2009. 3,800 cases made.


Jean Luc Colombo 'Les Abeille' Rouge 2012
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" Color: Light straw. Aroma: Seductive aromas of red fruits, coriander and bay leaf. Taste: This is a fresh and silky wine, with notes of licorice and spice on the palate " ~Winery Notes