A family story
Jean-Luc Colombo’s dream of becoming a winemaker and viticulturist came to fruition in the early 1980s with the acquisition of his first vineyard, a granite hillside planted with old Syrah vines overlooking the village of Cornas. From there was born the first vintage of Cornas “Les Ruchets” (in 1987), which became the flagship cuvée of the domain. With long strides, their estate has grown in the Northern Rhône and in Provence.
With Anne, his wife, in 1984 he created in Cornas the “Centre Oenologique des Côtes du Rhône” (center for the study of wine making in the Côtes du Rhône) and since then, Jean-Luc has put his experience to work advising clients as an oenologist, in the Rhône Valley and in Provence.
From their farm perched at the top of the Cornas hills, Jean-Luc and Anne have created a little paradise planted with not just grapes but also: trees of apricots, figs and olives, a vegetable garden and many flowering plants.
Fitou and Corton, their two golden retrievers participate in the maintenance of the vineyards and gardens by chasing away the rabbits, foxes and other wild animals. At last count the estate houses over fifty hens, producing eggs for the family and friends.
They transmitted their love of wine to their daughter Laure, their only child, who joined the family estate in 2010. Viticulturist, oenologist and world traveler, Laure brings her delicacy and energy to the family estate. Critics are lining up and praising her contribution to the estates wines. And since 2014, she has also created with her partner Dimitri, her own estate in Saint Péray at one of the highest elevations of that appellation: “Le Domaine de Lorient”.
A vision, commitments
Maintaining the vineyard
“Living in the middle of the vineyards in Cornas, we have always made it a point of honor to preserve this environment and to work in harmony with nature. It is essential that vines, insects and animals of all hairs and feathers coexist and thrive.
For many years, “organic” methods have been applied to the vines and Laure Colombo has launched in 2012 the organic certification process for our estate, (officially called ECOCERT in Europe), effective since the 2015 vintage.”