Vacqueyras `Les Christins`, Famille Perrin ‘Les Crus’, Southern Rhône, France, 2017
Famille Perrin is one of the most recognisable names in the Southern Rhône. The fifth and sixth generations of the family now manage the extensive vineyard holdings and grower partnerships which stretch across the region, from Vinsobres to the Ventoux. The Famille Perrin 'Les Crus' range highlights the diversity of certain Southern Rhône Crus, chosen for their distinctive soils and characters. The grapes were harvested by hand. On arrival at cellar, the grapes were sorted, crushed and placed in vats. Fermentation was quite long and manual punching down aided extraction. After malolactic fermentation and blending, the wine was predominantly aged in oak foudres with 20% aged in used oak barrels for a year before bottling. The Vacqueyras ‘Les Christins’ is sourced from eight hectares of old vines, with an average age of 50 years, managed by the Château de Beaucastel team. The vines are situated to the south of the Dentelles de Montmirail where the soil is rich in clay and sand with stony terraces. This mix lends this Grenache-dominant wine a powerful intensity lifted by a supple, expressive red fruit character.
Food pairing ideas : for hard cheese enthusiasts, you can never go wrong with cheddar. Robust and nutty with a pleasantly sharp finish, a fruit-forward Grenache will complement the cheese nicely. For soft cheese, Camembert has an earthy quality that is perfect for matching with the rustic notes in the wine. 75% Grenache/Garnacha , 25% Syrah/Shiraz
This wine is a beautiful deep purple colour. The nose is powerful, with notes of bramble fruit and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is refined and elegant with sleek tannins and racy acidity giving great structure to the wine.
Winemaker: Pierre Perrin
Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %
Acidity: 4.92 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l