2010 Vinsobres, Vieilles Vignes, Les Hauts de Julien, La Famille Perrin

2010 Vinsobres, Vieilles Vignes, Les Hauts de Julien, La Famille Perrin

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2010 Vinsobres, Vieilles Vignes, Les Hauts de Julien, La Famille Perrin

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Rhône 2010 Berrys' Best Buys - Southern Belles
This is wonderful quality wine from the masters of the Southern Rhône wines, the Perrin family. This seems expensive for a “lowly” Vinsobres, but a whiff of the wine in the glass tells you it’s anything but. It is full, rich, spicy and delicious, so in fact, great value for money!
(Chris Pollington, BBR Fine Wine)

The name Vinsobres, with its oxymoronic meaning, is easy to remember, and so it should be, as its fruits are amongst the purest and most elegant in the whole valley. Recognising potential, the Perrins have invested heavily here and this wine is, as a result a worthy flag-bearer for the village.
Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012

Few developments have been as telling or as significant as the progress made by the Perrins in the villages outside of their Châteauneuf-du-Pape fortress. Their aspiration has been clear and it has been honourable; through ownership, partnership and, where appropriate, acquisition, they wish to build a portfolio which shows the very best in the very best of the terroirs which these villages have to offer and thereby to promote both the Perrin philosophy, which is focused on quality and quality only, and in the process, to raise the profile of the region as a whole. The progress made to date has been most impressive! The artists formerly known as Perrin Père et Fils now prefer the title of La Famille Perrin...

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La Famille Perrin

La Famille Perrin

The Domaine Perrin is a négociant brand created in 1997 by François Perrin and his brother Jean-Pierre, Pierre's father, and since 1999 run by Pierre. The Perrin family are owners of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel.

As with the wines at Beaucastel, the Domaine Perrin wines are impeccably made and reflect the true nature of the terroir from which they come. The wines made are all from the neighbouring Southern Rhône appellations to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, such as Vacqueyras and Gigondas. The reds are based on Grenache, but with other Rhône grape varieties, such as Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.

The Perrins are one of the most reliable wine families in the Rhône valley, truly a name to look out for.

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Vinsobres

Vinsobres

Vinsobres, along with Beaumes de Venise, has cause for celebration, , having been promoted to a stand-alone appellation in 2006 - in the vein of Gigondas or Vacqueyras - but now overtaking Cairanne and 12 or so other Cote du Rhone villages, in the local hierarchy. 

This is primarily due to the relative altitude of the vines being recognised for lending complexity and structure to the wines. None are better at demonstrating this than the husband and wife team Philippe and Valérie Chaume Arnaud.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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Wine Advocate93/100
Robert Parker93-95/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate93/100
Already bottled, the super-concentrated, superb 2010 Vinsobres Les Hauts Julien Vieilles Vignes has off-the-charts richness. Floral notes intermixed with blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry, licorice, truffle and camphor are all present in this superb wine, which is inky bluish/purple to the rim, extremely full-bodied, with great acid and sweet but abundant tannin. This is a wine for patient connoisseurs/partisans of southern Rhone wines. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following two decades.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2012 Read more
Robert Parker93-95/100
The 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Vinsobres Vieilles Vignes Les Hauts Julien is an equal part blend of Syrah and Grenache from 70+ year old vines. A small cuvee of 5,000 bottles, it is a wine of great intensity displaying terrific minerality, a blue/black opaque color, a full-bodied mouthfeel and superb purity as well as length. It begs for 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 15-20 years.
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