2013 Cairanne, Peyre Blanche, Famille Perrin, Rhône

2013 Cairanne, Peyre Blanche, Famille Perrin, Rhône

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2013 Cairanne, Peyre Blanche, Famille Perrin, Rhône

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Located on gravel terraces between the villages of Cairanne and Ste Cécile les Vignes, Peyre Blanche, as the name suggests, is an attractive vineyard, dominated by white clay soil. Always one of the most forward of the range, this is a blend of 70 percent Grenache and 20 percent Syrah, the relatively sheltered vines rewarding us with a red fruit basket of open and honest flavours.
Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer

The Perrins are owners of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, but have, over the years, broadened their repertoire to include wines from the key villages in the Southern Rhône. All of these fall under the appropriate nomenclature of La Famille Perrin, reflecting the peerless team effort that goes into the production of a range of wines which is without rival in this part of the world: all are impeccably made and reflect the true nature of the terroir from which they come. The Perrins have refined yet further this already very polished message by segregating their top domaines into a ‘parcellaire’ category.
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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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Cairanne

Cairanne

The wine appellation of Cairanne is located on a limestone plateau in Sourthern Rhone, its vineyards generally less elevated than those of Vacqueyras and Gigondas which are situated a few kilometres to the east. 

The wines are benchmark Côtes du Rhône Villages, made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, combining ripe fruit, pepper and spice.

Recommended Producer: Domaine de L'Ameillaud

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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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