- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
The Famille Perrin wines are classic examples of the villages of the Southern Rhône and the consistent winemaking of the Perrin family. The combination of vibrant fruit and a strong expression of sense of place underlines the value these wines offer.
To achieve optimal freshness, the Perrin family source the grapes for the Luberon Rosé and the Luberon Blanc from growers with whom they work closely within the Parc Régional de Luberon in the south-east of the Rhône Valley. The combination of a cooler climate, an altitude of 300 metres and the limestone marl soil gives the wines a lively acidity. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, the Luberon Rosé offers a subtle floral and red-fruit character. The Luberon Blanc is a blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne and has vibrant citrus notes complemented by a mineral finish. The Ventoux Rouge comes from the slopes of Mount Ventoux, where altitude again provides key freshness to this blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. The finished wine is fragrant with juicy red fruit, balanced by soft, ripe tannins.
The Perrin family manage the vineyards for both of their Côtes-du-Rhône wines. The Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is sourced from the clay-limestone soils of Cairanne and Jonquières, which provide the wine with a mineral freshness. It is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, vinified in stainless steel. The red is a blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Syrah from the cooler climate of Vinsobres supplemented by 40% Mourvèdre from Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Saint-Maurice. Characterised by notes of redcurrant fruit and black pepper, the wine is aged in both stainless steel and oak barrels for 12 months to lend it extra weight.
Only 20% of the Côtes-du-Rhône region is permitted to add the word ‘Villages’, which signifies the best vineyard sites within the region. This Côtes-du-Rhône Villages is made using the same viticultural and vinification techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel. Made from Grenache and Syrah from vines grown on stony terraces over clay and limestone, it is a poised wine which typifies the very best of this region. Maturation is equally split between stainless steel, oak foudres and oak barrels for 12 months. This wine delivers excellent value and is characterised by notes of pure redcurrant fruit and Provençal herbs balanced by ripe and sleek tannins.
The Perrin family manage the vineyards for their Côtes-du-Rhône wines. The fruit for the Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is sourced from the clay-limestone soils of Cairanne and Jonquières, situated between the rivers of Ouvèze and Aigues, giving the wine a mineral freshness.
2021 is a vintage marked by freshness, similar to the vintages of the 1980s and 1990s. It was also a "winegrower's vintage." as human intervention and the care given to the vines were decisive for the quality of the vintage. Marked by climatic extremes, with an episode of frost in April and interrupted harvest because of rain, 2020 required constant investment from teams in the vineyard. Their attention and their commitment have borne their fruit: this vintage is highly promising, with lots of freshness and great balance.
The grapes were harvested early in the morning in order to retain freshness. After pressing, the juices were cold settled and fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 16°C. The wine was then racked and aged in stainless steel tanks until bottling, to preserve the wine's vibrant, primary aromatics.
This refreshing white Côtes-du-Rhône has aromas of white flowers, lime blossom, and citrus zest. On the palate, notes of white peach and grapefruit are well balanced by juicy acidity and silky texture.