Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge - 2012

Originating from different terroirs in Côtes du Rhône Villages, this wine is one of the most faithful illustrations of the Southern Rhône Valley

Presentation

The vintage
2012 is a vintage of contrasts with a very mild start of the year and a freezing month of February.
A fresh and humid spring, followed by a windy and dry month of July and a very hot month of August.
The harvesting conditions were ideal. All these conditions make a great vintage.
Description
This wine is produced by the Perrin family, using the same viticultural and wine-making techniques used at Château de Beaucastel
Situation
Just 20% of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyard is entitled to add the word ‘Villages’ after the words ‘Côtes-du-Rhône’. These are the best vineyard sites.
Terroir
Stony terraces over clay and limestone and gravel.
Process
The harvest is sorted and destemmed. Vinification then takes place in stainless steel and oak. Ageing in tanks and Foudre (25%) for a year.
Varietals
Grenache
Syrah
Mourvèdre

Tasting advices

Tasting notes
Appearance: Dark ruby colour, with purple reflections
Nose: Intense, macerated cherries and licorice.
Mouth: Full-bodied with a generous attack, a pleasant freshness and elegant tannins.
This well-balanced wine
shows a typical expression of southern Rhône wine with a thyme and rosemary aftertaste
Tasting video
Serving
Serve at 18°C

Reviews and Awards

88/100
"Bright ruby-red. Raspberry, cherry pit and a hint of licorice on the spice-tinged nose. Warm and fleshy in style, offering smoky red fruit and bitter chocolate flavors that turn sweeter with air. Full-flavored but not at all heavy, delivering supple tannins that build steadily through the finish.
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"Grenache and syrah dominate the blend, but it includes mourvedre, carignan and cinsault to give it an effusive mélange of flavors. The Perrin Family makes some of the best Châteauneuf-du-Papes, so it is not surprising their Cotes du Rhone is so dependable." [+]
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16,5/20
"50% Syrah. Rather lurid crimson with shocking pink rim. Warm, ripe, alluring nose. Zesty palate attack. Quite lifted and racy. Menthol and balsamic notes. Quite dry on the end but the amount of fruit on the mid palate is sufficiently convincing."
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