Maison Nicolas Perrin brings together the scions of two of the great families of the Rhône, Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel...
This joint venture micro-négociant was created in 2009 with the sole aim of producing top quality Northern Rhône wines. Nicolas is able to source the best fruit and wines from growers and producers that he has formed a long standing relationship with, while the Perrin family bring expertise in winemaking and blending, as well as the use of their cellars. The partnership stems from a long standing friendship, a shared love of gastronomy and a philosophy to create wines that represent the best of their appellation.
The soil in Saint Joseph is mainly composed of granite. The vineyard spreads out 40km along the right bank of the Rhône river. The aim of the winemakers was to make a balanced wine using grapes from two different locations: from the north of the appellation, which bring minerality and fruit, and from the historical centre of Saint Joseph that give more flesh to the wine. The blending makes wines with great distinction and extremely balanced.
2010 started with a very cold temperatures and snowfall. Spring started early in April which was exceptionally hot which allowed a fast budburst. Then May the temperatures went down a bit and with some rain. Flowering was as usual at then end of May, beginning of June.
The months of July and August were beautiful. Mid-July temperatures reached peaks during the day but often the high temperatures were followed by rain in the evening, cooling down the vegetation. Sanitary state was perfect and maturities were quite late.
In September the temperatures lowered and the nights were cold allowing slow maturing of the grapes. Harvest started around September 25th.
The grapes were cold-macerated before being fermented to increase the aromas of fruit. They were then macerated and fermented for about 20 days with pumping-over for the first few days followed by punching-down. The blend was then left to age in 1 and 2 year old barrels for 10 months to bring concentration to the wine.
This wine presents an intensely deep ruby colour. Complex aromas of blackcurrant and bitter cholocate are released after a few seconds of airing. ‘Juicy‘ but sharp with well defined aromatics of sour cherry and young plums combined with a refreshing minerality, this is a superb wine which will age well.
|Winemaker||Marc Perrin & Nicolas Jaboulet|
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