Vinsobres `Les Hauts de Julien`, Famille Perrin ‘Les Sélections Parcellaires’, Southern Rhône, France, 2012

£71

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 'Selections Parcellaires' is a result of the Perrin family’s commitment to shining a light on the complexities of the best sites in the Southern Rhône Valley.The Grenache and Syrah were co-fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine was transferred to French oak barrels just before the end of fermentation, following which the wine was aged for 18 months before bottling. Unusually, this single vineyard is co-planted with 90-year-old Grenache and Syrah vines which generally ripen together, permitting a single harvest. Organically farmed, the vineyard is positioned on hillside terraces made up of limestone rock, stony soils and varying amounts of clay, which lends the wine both concentration and a stunning purity of fruit. The location of Vinsobres, at the northernmost limit of the Southern Rhône, combined with an altitude of 300 metres, provides a cooler climate for Syrah.

Food pairing ideas: this Vinsobres would be wonderful with any variety of roasted, grilled, or braised meats and poultry, but I think it would also be excellent with roasted or grilled salmon. I love when taking chances works

An intense red colour, this wine opens with notes of red fruit and blackcurrant. On the palate, this wine is textured with excellent purity of fruit.

70% Grenache/Garnacha , 30% Syrah/Shiraz .

Winemaker: Pierre Perrin
Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %
Acidity: 5.4 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.8 g/l
pH: 3.52

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