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
The vineyard is located south of the Dentelles de Montmirail.
Terroir
Stony terraces on clay and sandy soils.
Process
The grapes are manually harvested. Upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes are sorted, crushed and vatted. The fermentation is quite long and the extraction is done by manual punching down. After the malolactic fermentation and blending, the wines are aged in oak Foudres and barrels for a year.
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.

Reviews

4+/5
""The Vacqueyras is a supple, full bodied wine that is generously flavored
(strawberry, red currant, black licorice, herbs), well balanced, and
long and harmonious on the finish. Has a bit of tannin. Primarily
Grenache, with a small amount of Syrah, from vines with an average
vine age of more than 50 years. Aged in oak: 80% in casks,
20% in barrel."
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92/100
""Limpid magenta. Ripe, spice-tinged raspberry, boysenberry and pungent flowers on the highly fragrant nose. In a supple, fleshy style, offering juicy, well-concentrated red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that turn livelier on the back half. Smooth and seamless on the impressively long and gently tannic finish, which leaves behind a sweet red berry liqueur note.""
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89/100
"Fresh and open-knit, with a wave of raspberry and cherry puree flavors, laced with subtle chalky minerality and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."
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