Famille Perrin - Les Crus
Reviews and Awards
Our 14 hectare vineyard in Cairanne is located south west of the old village. The soils are stony, made of clay and sand. The wine is fleshy and develops beautiful aromas of blackcurrant, Garrigue and liquorice.
› The vintage
In 2010, all the right conditions were united to produce an exceptional vintage.
Cairanne is one of the best terroirs in the Southern Rhône
In the heart of the historical vineyard, south west of the hilltop village between Rasteau and Sainte Cécile Les Vignes
Sparse clay and gravel terraces. Sandy Molasses.
Traditionally kept in stainless steel tanks after crushing. Pumping-over twice a day
› Tasting video
Appearance : A bright red hue.
18°C with Provençal cuisine
Very juicy and pure, with racy plum and cherry notes backed by hints of red licorice and violet. Ripe, but with a good chalky edge helping to drive the finish. Drink now through 2017.
• Note: 91/100
The 2010 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne Peyre Blanche (75 Grenache, 20 Syrah and 5 Mourvèdre) is tightly wound, with a tangy, almost chalky spine holding the red currant, bitter cherry and damson plum notes which ripple through the very focused finish. The 2010 Gigondas La Gille, sourced from sandy soils in the middle terraces of the appellation, is an 80/20 Grenache and Syrah blend. It's very precise, with beautiful lilting spice, black tea and lightly mulled black cherry aromas, followed by silky tannins and a long, graceful finish that stands apart from the pack in the appellation. This is very long, with deceptive depth, but it wins now on brightness and balance, which should hold it for some time.
James Molesworth - 01/06/2012
Bright ruby. Fresh red berry and floral aromas are lifted by a spicy note. Juicy and seamless on the palate, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors dominating. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness and very good clarity.
• Note: 89-91/100
Lively crimson. Extremely sweet, candified nose. The Pomerol of the southern Rhône? Clean palate scrub on the end. Real energy.
• Note: 16/20
Other wines under the Perrin et Fils label include the potentially outstanding 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne Pierres Blanches from a biodynamically farmed site. Cairanne tends to produce cool climate, earthy wines with a lot of pepper and spice notes, and, in this case, notions of raspberries and sweet, dusty cherries. There is a nice interaction between sweet and sour cherries in this medium to full-bodied, cool climate styled wine.
• Note: 88-90/100
The 2010 Cairanne Peyre Blanche is more elegant and slightly less impressive than the 2011, the latter vintage being my preference. The 2010 is still dense, displaying plenty of bay leaf/mint interwoven with cherry jam and dusty/earthy/loamy notes. It is medium-bodied, elegant and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.
• Note: 88/100