We hope that you’ve enjoyed being part of our interactive Virtual Winemaker project working alongside a legendary French ‘winemaking dynasty’ the Perrin family. We’re all desperate at the Virgin Wines HQ to taste the finished wine (although Andrew and I have already given the final blend the nod!) and we’re certain you’re just as keen to give your Coeur du Ventoux a try. Having been involved in this unique, engaging and hopefully insightful way to buy wine, perhaps you’d be keen to further your experience with the Perrin Family and try some of the other wines from them? That’s if you aren’t already familiar with them! Let us introduce you to a selection…
Famille Perrin Luberon Blanc 2012
This wine is a bit of a revelation. It is created from the blending of grape varieties – Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino and, like all the best blended wines (think Rioja or Claret), each grape brings its own personality to the glass we ultimately enjoy. To describe this wine it simply tastes and feels wonderful in the mouth. In the bottle the blend becomes a synergy; a harmonic tribute to the great biodiversity of the Luberon region. A great food wine which would work wonderfully with a herb roasted chicken and a mixture of roasted Mediterranean veggies.
Famille Perrin Luberon Rose 2012
This is a lovely, mouth-watering rosé put together from fruit grown in vineyards planted in one of France’s most notable National Parks in Luberon. A region where the wines have been on a steady rise in popularity due to the particularly cool climate of this part of Provence. All thanks to a little altitude and naturally daily occurring cooling breezes. The vineyards are positioned slap bang in the middle of Aix-En-Provence and Avignon. A combination in bottle of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, resulting in a wine awash with red berry fruit, lovely tinned strawberry characteristics and a lightness to the palate that is both incredibly refreshing and moreish. The wine is perfect for al fresco dining – serve chilled with cold buffets, salads, grilled fish or mildly spiced dishes.
Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille 2010
2010 in the Southern Rhone produced some of the most deliciously vibrant wines ever seen. Gigondas, at its best, can rival the great wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and represents top value. This is one such wine. The tiny vineyards are all worked by hand and unique soil gives the wine more finesse and elegance than other Gigondas. Oak use is carefully controlled to work in harmony with the natural fruit flavours. There’s a wonderful sense of purity held in this bottle and the flavour is driven by Grenache with supporting roles played by Syrah and Mourvedre. Fodder is a must – think hearty casseroles and slow cooked stews. You can get ‘giggy with it’ right away or lay it down for up to 10 years and allow it to mature gracefully.
Famille Perrin L’Oustalet Rouge 2012
I tasted a very similar wine to this sold in the Perrin family’s L’Oustalet restaurant for €25. It was magnificent, so I started pestering Pierre Perrin to make Virgin Wines something similar. The result of those conversations was L’Oustalet Rouge, a wine made in very small quantities, using portions of declassified cru wines to achieve the same prestige. So behold the only cuvee of this wine which exists, or ever will exist. Grenache based with a dash of Syrah and Carignan, aromas of red berry fruit and classic Rhone meatiness and spice. It’s also incredibly approachable, so you can get stuck in right away – especially with honey & soy sauce marinated chicken! It’s spent a while in bottle now and has matured into a very mellow wine that has retained all that wonderfully approachable fruitiness you get from top-class Grenache driven blends.
Famille Perrin Chateauneuf Du Pape Rouge Les Sinards 2010
This magical release can be described as a ‘baby-Beaucastel’. Les Sinards fuses 3 parcels of fruit – one from vineyards on the Beaucastel estate itself – the other two from surrounding sites. It undergoes the same legendary winemaking process as their uber premium Chateau de Beaucastel! Wines from this vintage (2010) are wonderfully concentrated, restrained and have breathtaking elegance. Packed with intense, black cherry fruit, liquorice, a touch of herbs and amazing freshness on the finish. An unashamedly full-bodied red that will reward fans of Chateauneuf du Pape now and well into the next decade! This wine is super fine with game, red meat, truffles or a wild mushroom pasta.