Famille Perrin ‘Les Sélections Parcellaires’

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

The Famille Perrin wines are classic examples of the villages of the Southern Rhône and the consistent winemaking of the Perrin family. The combination of vibrant fruit and a strong expression of sense of place underlines the value these wines offer.

To achieve optimal freshness, the Perrin family source the grapes for the Luberon Rosé and the Luberon Blanc from growers with whom they work closely within the Parc Régional de Luberon in the south-east of the Rhône Valley. The combination of a cooler climate, an altitude of 300 metres and the limestone marl soil gives the wines a lively acidity. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, the Luberon Rosé offers a subtle floral and red-fruit character. The Luberon Blanc is a blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne and has vibrant citrus notes complemented by a mineral finish. The Ventoux Rouge comes from the slopes of Mount Ventoux, where altitude again provides key freshness to this blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. The finished wine is fragrant with juicy red fruit, balanced by soft, ripe tannins.

The Perrin family manage the vineyards for both of their Côtes-du-Rhône wines. The Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is sourced from the clay-limestone soils of Cairanne and Jonquières, which provide the wine with a mineral freshness. It is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, vinified in stainless steel. The red is a blend of 60% Grenache, and 20% Syrah from the cooler climate of Vinsobres supplemented by 20% Mourvèdre from Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Saint-Maurice. Characterised by notes of redcurrant fruit and black pepper, the wine is aged in both stainless steel and oak barrels for 12 months to lend it extra weight.

Only 20% of the Côtes-du-Rhône region is permitted to add the word ‘Villages’, which signifies the best vineyard sites within the region. This Côtes-du-Rhône Villages is made using the same viticultural and vinification techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel. Made from Grenache and Syrah from vines grown on stony terraces over clay and limestone, it is a poised wine which typifies the very best of this region. Maturation is equally split between stainless steel, oak foudres and oak barrels for 12 months. This wine delivers excellent value and is characterised by notes of pure redcurrant fruit and Provençal herbs balanced by ripe and sleek tannins.

Famille Perrin ‘Les Sélections Parcellaires’

The Vinsobres ‘Les Hauts de Julien’ is a result of the Perrin family’s commitment to shining a light on the complexities of the best sites in the Southern Rhône Valley. Unusually, this single vineyard is co-planted with 90-year-old Grenache and Syrah vines which generally ripen together, permitting a single harvest. Organically farmed, the vineyard is positioned on hillside terraces made up of limestone rock, stony soils and varying amounts of clay, which lends the wine both concentration and a stunning purity of fruit. The location of Vinsobres, at the northernmost limit of the Southern Rhône, combined with an altitude of 300 metres, provides a cooler climate for Syrah. The grapes are co-fermented and then transferred to French oak barrels just before the end of fermentation, following which the wine ages for 18 months. The resulting wine is perfumed and elegant with notes of black olive, cocoa and sweet spice bound by tightly wound tannins and intensely concentrated fruit.

 

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