Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2010
Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Remarkably fresh and deep wine, with typical Rhône characteristics. Serve with fine or gently spiced dishes (saffron), grilled fish or fish soup (bouillabaisse). Also great with Mediterranean food and rockfish.
Wine Spectator - "A light, fresh style, with unadorned melon and honeysuckle notes and a breezy finish. Delightful. Drink now. "
The Wine Advocate - "Under the Perrin et Fils label, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc (50% Grenache, 20% Viognier and the rest Marsanne and Roussanne) is a crisp, minerally, fresh, medium-bodied white displaying notes of lemon oil, quince and white currants. Drink this delicious effort over the next several years."
Wine Enthusiast - "The Perrin family's line of negociant wines includes this reliable white, which features melon and pineapple aromas and flavors, medium body and a clean, reasonably crisp finish. Best Buy."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright yellow. Fresh pit fruit and honeysuckle aromas are lifted by notes of lemon zest and white pepper. Smooth, slightly loose-knit nectarine and pear flavors are perked up by a gingery nuance. Closes with good breadth and lingering warmth, leaving spicy note behind."
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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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