Famille Perrin Vacqueyras - Les Christins - 2017

Produced on a very clayey terroir with stones from the Ouvèze river, the Grenache is dominant and develops a fleshy wine. It's typical aromas of chocolate, cherry and fig match beautifully with the Syrah (violet, spice, liquorice).

Story

The vintage
This 2017 vintage will be remembered as the year of all records: the driest year in 30 years, non-interventionist vineyard work, optimal harvest conditions, a very small yield due to climatic hazards, and wines with very rich potential.
Description
Famille Perrin’s Vacqueyras is a beautiful example of Grenache based wines from the Southern Rhône Valley, with an impressive aromatic expression, structured body and great ageing potential.
Situation
An 8 hectare vineyard farmed and run by the Beaucastel team. Located on the Commune of Sarrians, south of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Old vines (average age of 50 years).
Terroir
Stony terraces on clay and sandy soils.
Process
Handpicked harvest in 25 kg boxes. Crushing, long fermentation (1 month) in tanks of 50 hectolitres and in Foudres (50%). Blending after malolactic fermentation.
Varietals
Grenache : 75%
Syrah : 25%

Advice

Tasting notes
Beautiful deep purple colour. The nose is powerful, with notes of black fruit like blackberries and peppery spices. The palate is very elegant, with a nice tension, and lets off aromas of black olives and licorice.
Serving
The ideal match for this wine is a leg of venison with Gentian, sautéed potatoes with onions and garlic.