Saint Peray, La Belle de Mai, Jean Luc Colombo, 2016
Saint Peray, La Belle de Mai, Jean-Luc Colombo, Rhône, France, 2016
Grapes: 70% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne
La Belle de Mail means “The Beauty of May” and reflects this spectacular vineyard site planted on terraces of limestone and granite in Saint Péray. Saint Péray is a small, high altitude appellation just south of Cornas. The Roussanne for La Belle de Mai comes from 80 year old vines and is blended with Marsanne in this classic wine. The grapes are harvested manually before the wine is vinified in oak barrels with a slow fermentation, it is then aged on lees with a weekly stirring to extract maximum aromas for six months. It is aged in barrels for 10 to 12 months, depending on the vintage (10% new and the rest in 1 to 5 year old barrels). The wine is certified Organic.
Golden yellow colour with green nuances. A beautiful nose with intense, flattering floral aromas of hawthorn, linden tree and iris, as well as notes of quince and citrus. On the palate the mouth is full, well-balanced between mineral and fruit elements, with beautiful persistence.
Delightful with escargot de Bourgogne (snails), or roasted Bresse chicken. Sublime with a meunière-style sole. To be drunk in its youth or within 5 to 6 years and served chilled to 14°C-15°C
"From sites up to 500 meters above sea level, the 2016 Saint Peray la Belle de Mai is a blend of 70% Roussanne and 30% Marsanne, unusually high in Roussanne for this appellation. It's a medium to full-bodied white with notes of pineapple and melon, a plump, silky mouthfeel and a long finish spiced up with a dash of white pepper." 90/100 points Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, December 2017
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