A fashionable pale-salmon colour – Domaine Colombette Syrah Rose 2018 has wonderful aromas of ripe peaches, plums, lavender, pear, orange, honey, floral, and herbs. On the palate, there are notes of melons, raspberries, sweet cherries, pear, and peach. It has a perfect summer – crisp acidity! It all began in 1890. “My grandfather Louis Pugibet a blacksmith fell in love with a winemaker and she gave him his first hectare as a gift for their marriage. He soon bought the surrounding land to develop the estate and named it La Colombette, rue de Toulouse, after the place where he was born. He had two daughters and a son, who was also named Louis. Louis’ son, who eventually took on the family estate, was 18 years younger than his sister. “Little Louis”, (as he was affectionately nicknamed because he was so short), dreamed of travelling and had a passion for rugby. In difficult times, with the unwavering resolution, he maintained the integrity of the estate and he gave us a wonderful childhood“. Domaine Colombette’s greatest achievement was winning the award of the “Best Chardonnay in the World” twice, defeating the greatest Burgundies. This earned them the nickname; the “Devil of Chardonnay”. The harvest always starts with the whites around the 25th of August. The decision to start is a delicate choice that depends on the ripeness tests, tasting the grapes and the weather forecast. For the last 30 years, the harvest has been purely mechanical. Besides the economic benefits, it has many other advantages. The grapes are picked late at night between 2 am and 10 am to benefit from the cool night air. As they are cool already, the grapes don’t consume too much electricity in the refrigerating cellar, and they also oxidize less. The machine also offers great flexibility with respect to the weather conditions and the pace of maturity. These days, the machine follows a route by GPS, the grapes are shaken gently off the vines, and sorting is done onboard. What the machine can do is virtually impossible to do by hand. Many batches are created and vinified separately in the cellar. After a big week in late August, the harvest of white and pinot ends. The Merlot and Syrah ripen around September 5th. There is then a short break before ending with picking Cabernet and Grenache in late September – early October.