AOC Cotes du Rhone Chateau Rochecolombe
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah. Manually harvested. Matured for 12-18 months in concrete tanks to ensure a full fruit driven expression of its Mediterranean origins in the southern Rhone. Impressive, imposing aroma of blackberry, damson and a hint of wild scrubland herbs. The palate is equally enveloping and inviting with copious waves of dark fruit interweaving with notes of liquorice and spice. The fully ripe tannins provide perfect support and structure. A red to match more substantial dishes, particularly those that feature heartier meats or cheese.
Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, 'This is a wine made to impress with magnificent characters of herbs, smoky bacon and cherries. A beautifully structured wine that is easy and effortless.' (2015 vintage)
****(*) Stars, DrinkRhone.com, 'Has a sturdy dark red robe, plenty of Syrah on display. The bouquet is dark and juicy, with a vibrant Syrah influence, black berries to the fore. It goes deep, and is full of bounty and expression. Its lightly floral-violet, shows some thyme, oregano, is on a tiny bit of reduction. The palate is generously fruited, the fruit lifted by some salty touches. This is full of character, and really explodes with its fruit apparel. The tannins are crisp, and bring powder to the texture on the finish. I find the blend extremely successful – the sure hand of the Grenache gras with the racy moments of the Syrah. What a bonny do this is; it will be great with grills, much gusto it has. The balance and length are both good, and the exit is fresh, with a pocket of bay leaf, laurel. It’s so tasty, is w.o.w. (what one wants) wine. There is a lovely grain texture on the close. 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah, Drink to 2021' John Livingstone-Learmonth, July 2017 (2015 vintage)
Château Rochecolombe, located near Bourg Saint Andéol in the southern Rhône, has been owned and run by the same Belgian family for four generations. Today it is Roland Terrasse, the grandson, who has his hands on the reins. Originally purchased by Roland's grand-father Robert Herberigs in 1925, the estate was primarily focused on the cultivation of apricots, with only a small acreage of vines. Just after the Second World war, Robert's son Gilbert decided to convert entirely to vineyards. During the first 15 years all the fruit was delivered to the local Saint Andéol co-operative and to a local negociant. Since then the production has been safeguarded solely for their own production.
The focus is on quality throughout, both in the organically-certified vineyards and the cellar. The estate has been certified organic by Agence Bio (AB) for 10 years. Today there are 30 hectares of vines in production, planted on three different soil types, but all a variation on the classic Rhône clay/limestone theme. Facing south-east, the vines benefit from maximum sun exposure. Roland's red wines are based on Grenache and Syrah, with Viognier the focus for the white. Low-yielding old vines contribute greatly to the depth of flavour and intrinsic quality of Roland's two red wine cuvées. His team are dedicated to ensuring that the wines express their southern Rhone heritage to the best advantage possible.