I have a very good friend, P.B. with whom I have enjoyed any number of good bottles of wine over the years. He has some fairly specific preferences, often looking for a wine with “a single note clarity.” One of the joys of wine, for me, is finding a new bottle of something that fits a particular need, and it’s even more of a joy when that wine is very reasonably priced! A new wine on our list, the Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 fits the bill perfectly, and I’m very excited to be able to introduce it to our customers (and to P.B). We’re particularly pleased to be able to offer this wine by the glass in addition to the bottle.
History of Famille Perrin:
The three current Perrin family members, Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin, continue a tradition in the Rhone Valley which began in the early 1500s. The Perrin Family’s Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard, Chateau de Beaucastel, was first mentioned in a land grant in 1549. That estate first came under Perrin family control in 1909, and as a family-owned company, they have expanded the number of estates under their control.
The Perrin Family now produces a wide range of wines throughout the Rhone Valley and Provence in France. The Côtes du Rhône Réserve is meant to be a daily drinker, and in my opinion it hits the mark beautifully. The wine is a blend of Grenache (Garnacha), Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. In the wine geek world these wines are known simply as “GSM” wines and they typify the wines of the Southern Rhone River Valley of France. GSM wines have seen quite a surge in popularity in the last couple of decades, and this particular blend of grapes is now produced in a number of wine regions outside of France, including California and Australia.
When tasting this wine, I note a subtle white pepper on the palate and a definite minerality typical of Old World style wines where fruit flavors often take a back seat to the many other characteristics of these wines. That’s not to say that the fruit isn’t there. I get a hint of stewed cherry and perhaps some raspberry sauce mixed with an herbal undertone. As the wine warms in the glass, it seems to release some subtle floral notes mixed with that herbal aroma.
Again, this wine is meant to be a daily drinker and the 2013 should probably best be drunk over the next 5-7 years. I put a case of it in my personal cellar, but it’s such an easy decision to pull a bottle on a weekday, that it doesn’t look like it may last me the year!
The Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve rates well with industry wine critics. The Wine Spectator gives it an 87 and the Wine Advocate an 86. Wines which score in this range are considered to be very good with a number of special characteristics. In general, when trying wine that I think that Tom and I might want to add to our list, I always try to taste the wine before looking at the industry ratings. With this particular wine, I brought a bottle for Tom to taste before I had even read the reviews to suggest it for our list!
Tom and I hope you’ll enjoy a glass or bottle of the Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 at your next visit. It is a privilege for me to work with Tom, Chef Rob, the Browns, and all the staff at Jessica’s to bring you wines to enhance your dining.
Blog Post by David Herren