Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Reserve, AOC/AOP Cotes du Rhone, 2011
The Perrins – owners of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateuaneuf du Papes, also farm more widely in the southern Rhone. These grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel and oak. Ageing is mostly in tank, with a minor percentage in oak foudre.
A 60:20:20 grenache dominated blend, along with syrah and mourvedre, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, en France, about €10
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, youthful, with rich aromas of slightly high-toned bright sweet red cherry, red plum juice, squashed cranberry, with spicy nuances and a floral note of peony.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity (from the grenache), smooth fine-grained well-integrated medium (-) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, a smooth almost oily texture, with medium (+) intensity, and rounded flavours of red cherry, red plum juice, over-ripe red currant and a low-key cherry-menthol note. A medium length with a clean lightly gripppy red cherry finish.
Quality: a good quality fruit forward wine, with just the right acidity to counter the alcohol and intensity of flavour, with a touch of VA accentuating the bright red fruit; a wine with good flavour concentration and modest complexity, but a disappointing length. This wine will keep for a year or two, but not improve with further cellaring.