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Jean-Luc Colombo 1999 La Louvée Red (Cornas)

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Dark, inky in color. What a wonderful bouquet this has developed, offering floral hints, notes of black olive and bright mulberry and blueberry fruit. This is still very youthful and incredibly packed with flavor. Although it seems creamy at first, it firms up on the finish, showing more iron-like minerality on the finish. Hold.  — J.C.  (4/1/2007)
95
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Éric & Jöel Durand 1999 Empreintes Red (Cornas)

  1. $37
A huge, ink-black wine with all the brooding majesty that gives Cornas its reputation. A blockbuster with enormous rich, sweet tannins. At the end it is the quality of the superripe fruit from old vines that dominates, but it is certainly a wine to keep for generations.  — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
94
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Auguste et Pierre-Marie Clape 2003 Syrah (Cornas)

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  1. $82
Rich, creamy and lush, this is like no other Clape Cornas before or since. Jammy raspberry fruit coats the palate, yet without seeming simple or heavy because there’s also a remarkable sense of minerality and balance. Long on the finish, buffered by soft tannins. As this ages, expect to see some of the jamminess recede and more of the minerality emerge. Drink…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
93
points

Jean-Luc Colombo 2009 La Louvée Syrah (Cornas)

  1. $84
A full-bodied, rich wine, with tannins either supremely smoooth or just concealed under masses of plummy fruit. Yet despite the enormous ripeness, it’s not lacking nuance, boasting savory notes of espresso and leather. Drinkable now, but should age through 2023, at least.  — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
93
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Jean-Luc Colombo 2008 La Louvée Syrah (Cornas)

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  1. $84
The 2008 Cornas from Colombo have turned out very nicely, led by this effort. Scents of cracked pepper, bold blackberries and a hint of coffee presage a big-fruited wine, but one with ample complexity of savory notes. It’s full bodied and richly textured, with a long, chewy finish. Drink 2015–2025.  — J.C.  (10/1/2011)
93
points

Jean-Luc Colombo 2005 Terres Brulées Syrah (Cornas)

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  1. $78
Cornas is Colombo's home turf, and the 2005 Terres Brulees shows his mastery, offering up beefy, cedary notes but also cracked pepper and cassis alongside iron-like mineral notes. This is full-bodied and intense, with plenty of structure; drink 2015-2025.  — J.C.  (4/1/2010)
93
points

Jean-Luc Colombo 2009 Les Ruchets Syrah (Cornas)

  1. $84
Firmly in the style of the vintage, this is dense, full-bodied Cornas, with plenty of fruit. Intense plum, coffee and black olive notes dominate, while the tannins are ripe and plush. Believe it or not, this is actually drinkable now, yet should age easily through at least 2025.  — J.C.  (10/1/2013)
93
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2009 Domaine de Saint Pierre Syrah (Cornas)

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  1. $130
Sure, it starts out a bit toasty and cedary, but that wood will surely integrate with the potent plummy, meaty fruit given a few years’ time. It’s full bodied and a bit coarsely textured for the moment, but finishes long and will clearly benefit from cellaring. Drink 2018–2025.  — J.C.  (10/1/2013)
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