Perrin et Fils Reserve Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008
Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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%.
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 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.
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."
The Wine Advocate
we bought more. great dinner white.
Superb 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.
Nice nose, fun summer-sipper on the deck - a bit of a bite at the end - probably good with food
At a wine tasting at my house this wine proved to be the very least favorite. I was put off by it.
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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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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...
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