Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge 2009
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Dark ruby color, with purple reflections. Intense nose of macerated cherries and licorice. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied with a generous attack, a pleasant freshness and elegant tannins. This well-balanced wine shows a typical expression of southern Rhône wine with thyme
and rosemary aftertaste.
"Youthfully vibrant, with a delicious core of plum and raspberry fruit bursting forth, though there's length, buried minerality and racy acidity to keep it fresh and balanced for modest cellaring."
"The 2009 Perrin et Fils Cotes du Rhone-Villages ratchets up the intensity level. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, black cherry, black currant, lavender, pepper and Provencal herb characteristics, medium body, pure fruit, silky tannins and no hard edges. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.
The Wine Advocate
The Perrin & Fils Cotes-du-Rhone Villages might be called a cousin of the Beaucastel, because it is produced by the same people, the Perrin Family, using the same viticultural and winemaking techniques. More importantly for people who don’t want to drop $26 for the Beaucastel, this is also a great bottle of wine at $12. Rather than considering this a second wine of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, it would be more appropriate to call this a second wine of Perrin & Fils Gigondas or Vacqueyras due to the blend of approximately 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. This wine is deep ruby in color and its primary profile is dark fruit like black currant, black cherry and plum. You’ll also find the signature pepper, clove and spice of Rhone red wines. It’s well balanced with soft tannins and a long finish. While it doesn’t have near the complexity of the Beaucastel, this is a great value. Food Pairing Suggestions: Not to be redundant, but this Cotes-du-Rhone Villages would work lovely with braised short ribs. You might also try braised rabbit, stewed or grilled lamb, duck confit or my dark horse pick – venison sausage.
Smooth & Supple
This really is a great deal - 5 starts for what this wine offers for the price - it is typical Cotes-du-Rhone with lots of ripe berry fruit, a bit of herbal (think lavendar and rosemary) notes and spice. Smooth and lingering on the palate. It's a perfect everyday red. Totally versatile with food - great for summer BBQ or winter roast.
I ordered 4 bottles because I've had this before and it's very good. This time we got a bad batch in that 2 of the wine bottles had their corks break as I was pulling out the cork. I'm able to salvage the wine by pushing the corks down into the bottles and using a coffee filter, strainer and funnel over a decanter. Wine is still good though I'm not sure what they've changed with their corks that makes uncorking such a problem now.
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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 Chateau
de Beaucastel, the Perrins have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines.
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A Cote of Many Grapes
The appellation of Cotes du Rhone 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 Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...
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The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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