Recently Apollo Liquor acquired what I feel was one of the best buys of the year. If you like wines of the Rhone Valley, this wine must not be ingnored. Discovered at a beautiful wine tasting put on by New France wines, this was put at the end of a table in the “bin end pile” With a name like Perrin on the label, I figured I would give it a go. As a bin end wine, I expected it to be a tired worn out Grenache blend that that lacked the fruit and character I normally love from Rhone wines. Boy was I wrong! This was bright, intense and still loaded with the bing cherry notes that are expected from Perrin. The fruit was definitely there, but it still had a great sense of balance with great smooth tannins, earth notes and a peppery finish. This wine is a steal at $12.88 per bottle! Mix up a case and it is an amazing $10.30 per. Able to please both the quaffers and the serious winers and diners this is a versatile wine that should be snatched up as there is only a limited supply.
More on Roger Perrin Wines
Vineyards have existed on the Roger Perrin property between Orange and Chateauneuf since the beginning of the 1900’s. However, estate bottling only began in 1969 when the Domaine was founded by Roger who took over after his father-in-law’s retirement. Roger died unexpectedly during the harvest in 1986, and his son Luc, a teenager who had studied enology and done an apprenticeship at Beaucastel, took over the domaine. Luc Perrin has steadily increased the quality of the vineyards and his wines and is now widely recognized as a rising star in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Luc’s holdings include 43 hectares of vineyards, spread out over sixty-one plots. While some of the vines are more than 100 years old, the average age of the vines is 60 years old. 85% of the vines are over 20 years of age. The Chateauneuf vines are planted on two types of soil. The first is a clay and limestone subsoil covered by the famous galets roules. The second type of soil contains much more sand and makes wines that show a little more aromatic and tannic finesse.
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