Wine Of The Week – Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone 2010

2010 was a stellar vintage in the Rhone. But even in perfect vintages, you still need to work with the best people to make the most of things. The Perrin family are certainly in the elite group of growers and winemakers in the Rhone; they are the driving force behind some of the world’s greatest wines.

The Perrin family focus has been on wine for over 100 years and working in accordance with nature is at the heart of everything they do. The whole family has a deep belief that working organically and maintaining traditional manual methods is the only way to craft wines that are a true expression of the land they hail from.

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We list a selection of Perrin wines in our range, but I’ve picked out their superb Cotes Du Rhone for my Wine of the Week. For me, it is a perfect expression of what this wonderful French region is all about.

Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone 2010 is a classic Southern Rhone blend driven by red and black fruit-filled Grenache from the Grand Prebois vineyard (very close to the Beaucastel estate) spicy, earthy Syrah from the exciting and up-and-coming Vinsobres area, and the rest is a carefully selected melange of Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault. All varieties in this blend work in perfect harmony, pulling in the same direction to deliver a seamlessly balanced red.

There’s a freshness in this wine that allows it to be enjoyed with a whole host of home cooked dishes… But the best pairing has to be a slow cooked beef casserole loaded with root veggies. Decant if you can to let the wine open up a little and express itself fully.

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