Another of the vast Vinsobres repertoire, this wine comes from a plot with 90 year old vines co-planted with Grenache and Syrah.
The 2014 vintage is unexpected for the region. A mild and wet winter, a hot and dry spring and temperate and humid summer characterizes this vintage. An atypical year, a winemaker’s vintage. Bud-break took place very early and flowering was carried out in ideal conditions and fruit set was excellent, especially on Grenache. However, work in the vineyards and constant monitoring were necessary all the way through to harvest. The months of July and August were humid favouring growth. The slow maturation of the red grapes and long vinifications offered aromatic wines with freshness and finesse. The Syrah is gorgeous and Grenache is fruity and balanced.
Vinsobres is one of the most beautiful Crus in the Southern Rhône.
The vineyard is located 40 km north of Châteauneuf du Pape at an altitude of 300m benefiting from a cool climate, perfect for Syrah. Les Hauts de Julien is made with grapes from an old plot of vines (around 90 years old) co-planted in Syrah and Grenache.
Quaternary alluvial stones on terraces.
Vinified traditionally at the Famille Perrin cellar. Aged (15%) in oak barrels for one year. No filtration before bottling.
Complex nose, with notes of crunchy black fruit, hints of warm pebbles, cocoa, toast and sweet spices. This wine has very elegant tannins, rich and soft, well balanced with a mineral tension, which gives a lot of persistence.
Reviews and Awards
• Note: 92-94+/100
Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck - 01/10/2015Easily the most impressive of the Famille Perrin releases is the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Village Vinsobres les Hauts de Julien. A co-fermented blend of Syrah and Grenache that comes from high elevation plots, it has killer notes of black and blue fruits, violets, cracked pepper and wet rock. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, seamless and silky, it’s a high class southern Rhône that has one foot in the northern Rhône.