Wine of the weekJean-Luc Colombo, Les Gravières, Crozes-Hermitage
Waitrose have are selling Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravières Crozes-Hermitage 2010 iat £10.49, down from £13.99. Crozes-Hermitage is in France's northern Rhône Valley.
It is a sort of junior appellation to the region's premier name, Hermitage, where the red wines, made entirely from syrah grapes, fetch insane prices.
Some Crozes come close, and this is one of them, made by local maverick Jean-Luc Colombo, a pharmacist who chucked it in to make wine instead, only about 25 years ago.
Most of the big names in the region have been at it for centuries.
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This one is terrifically dark, focused, and spicy, with the grip of tannin that evokes plumskin and the slinky richness that tells of the noble syrah grape.