One of the great estates of the Rhone Valley, Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu. Beaucastel has nearly 200 acres in vine in Chateauneuf du Pape, and they have branched out with an impressive operation under the Perrin et Fils label, purchasing grapes and acquiring land (in Vinsobres and Gigondas, for example). Their goal is to become the most recognized name for high quality wines in the southern Rhone. As shrewd consumers know, one of the best values in under $10 a bottle wine is La Vieille Ferme. The Perrin et Fils cuvees include wines made from purchased grapes as well as their new acquisitions in Vinsobres, Gigondas (25 acres), and the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne (35 acres). The Perrins enjoyed tremendous success with their 2008 red wines, largely because yields ranged between 18 hectoliters per hectare for Beaucastel, to only 20 hectoliters per hectare for Coudoulet. The mildew that affected everyone was the culprit. The entire family acknowledged there was an extraordinary triage and culling out of the grapes at the sorting tables."
Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
A blend of 50% Grenache blanc, 20% Viognier, 15% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne.
A fine bright straw-gold colour. An elegant nose that shows touches of toast. Good balance with no excess of alcohol, full-bodied and long.
Serve with fine or gently spiced dishes (saffron), grilled fish or fish soup (bouillabaisse).
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Reserve blanc (25% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, and 50% Grenache Blanc) reveals crisp, subtle orange, pear, and white currant fruit, excellent acidity, and a medium-bodied, refreshing style.
Famille Perrin Winery
Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin are proud to present their fine wines, inspired by the memory of their grandfather, Pierre Perrin. Using the same techniques employed at Château de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.
"Jean-Pierre and François Perrin - chosen among the Most Influential Wine Personalities of the last 20 Years. The Perrins believe in natural winemaking, unfiltered wines, and routinely produce long-lived classics that are among the finest in the world." -Robert M. Parker, Jr's The Wine Advocate View all Famille Perrin Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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4 ratings, 4 with reviewsR. Rundt - Plano, TX47/13/2011we bought more. great dinner white.46/26/2010Superb value! Nose is clean, fresh and filled with pear, apple and pineapple scents. Flavorful on the palate, it is fresh and clean without being weak. This Rhone is faithful to the Rhone genre; full without being cloying. With a silky finish, it is a delightful white, suitable for all seasons. Lovely with duck, pork, shellfish and mild white fish, enhancing their flavors. It also stands on its own as an apertif, accompanying everything from nuts to pate, and it holds its own with all types of cheeses. Full bodied, it surpasses in nose and flavor savignon blancs, pinot grigios and chardonnays. Unless you prefer sweet wines such as rieslings, you will love this wine- chilled in summer and cellar temperature the rest of the year.Lydia P Barker - El Paso, TX17/10/2010At a wine tasting at my house this wine proved to be the very least favorite. I was put off by it.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA37/31/2010Nice nose, fun summer-sipper on the deck - a bit of a bite at the end - probably good with food