Famille Perrin Nature Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge - 2018


The story
Certified organic by Ecocert, Perrin Nature is not only an organic Côtes-du-Rhône but also a great wine. Using our experience in organic farming at Beaucastel (one of the first big estates to turn to organic farming 40 years ago), this wine is a beautiful expression of fruit with delicate and soft tannins.
The vintage
The 2018 vintage is characterised by exceptional weather conditions. Flowering took place in the best possible conditions, with a historically abundant grape output. A few rainy episodes at the end of the spring complicated things a little with an attack of mildew, but the good weather then settled down until harvest, which took place under idyllic conditions.The wines are beautiful.
This wine comes from a vineyard located between Valréas and Vaison-la-Romaine, north of Orange. The vineyard is planted in Grenache and Syrah.
Chalky clay soils.
The harvest date is determined by checking the ripeness of the grapes with analysis and tasting the berries. As soon as they arrive at the winery, the grapes are sorted and destemmed. The fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks between 150hl and 190hl. The extraction is done by pumping over and the frequency is determined by tasting. After racking and malolactic fermentation, the wines are transferred partly to oak barrels and partly to stainless steel vats where they will be aged for a year.


Serving temperature 15-16°C.
Tasting notes
The nose reveals a beautiful expression of Grenache quite ripe without being tannic. Rich in the mouth, it offers a nice complexity with aromas of spices, garrigue, blackcurrant and white pepper.


"The 2018 Nature is an exceptional organic Cotes du Rhone. It
is very ripe in character, full bodied, supple in texture, very well
balanced, and lingering on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes
of blackberry, black cherry, rhubarb, and white pepper. Terrific
value; can be aged further. Grenache, Syrah. Aged 12 months:
75% in stainless steel, 25% in oak cask. Organic grapes."
"Organic Grenache and Syrah grapes go into this excellent Perrin wine, with a sumptuous bouquet of cherries, pepper, licorice, and notes of wild thyme and rosemary. The full-bodied palate has excellent structure, with ripe and elegant tannins. Soft black and red summer fruit flavours and white pepper abound. The finish is satisfying and quite long. "
"This is a nice, cheap, earthy red. It smells like blackberries just off the vine, with a whiff of soil. It’s a good bottle to have on hand to share as a crowd pleaser."
""The 30 Best Red Wines for 2021"
Sometimes, Côtes du Rhône at this price is oaked heavily, leaving little room for subtlety. This wine is not crazy complex, but it does have a nice earthy vibe and smells like blackberries right off the vine. It’s balanced, easy, and would be a fun wine to pair with a cheese board and some cured meats.