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Lovely, soft, fruity Rhône syrah with just a hint of freshly milled pepper. A pure expression of the grape in an exceptional vintage.
Product Code: QVG-RH53901
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Maison Nicolas Perrin was formed in 2009 when two families joined forces from opposite ends of the Rhône. Nicolas, from the famous Jaboulet family, grew up in the Hermitage hillsides in the north of the region, whereas the Perrin family has been settled in and around the southern Rhône’s Châteaneuf-du-Pape appellation (most notably at Château de Beaucastel) since 1909.Nicolas Perrin classes itself as a 'boutique négociant', buying in casks of wines from well-known, respected northern Rhône growers. These are carefully blended by the team, and matured in oak casks to enhance both their character and their ageing potential. The aim of the finished product is fresh, harmonious whites and reds with sophisticated concentration.Following French tradition, the distinctive terroir of each appellation is of the utmost importance to Nicolas Perrin. The company produces exclusively northern Rhône wines, sourced from growers whose vineyards benefit from the region’s typically granite soils and excellent exposure. Syrah is the only red grape present in its wines, whereas the white grapes used are the Rhône’s classic viognier, marsanne and roussanne varieties.Nicolas Perrin wines range from inexpensive (but delicious) unclassified blends to the prestigious Côte-Rôtie. The company also helps The Society blend our Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage: Nicolas uses his extensive contacts to buy wines from a selection of renowned growers, and the wine is then blended and bottled by the Perrins. Interestingly, Nicolas Perrin is particularly passionate about partnering its wines with food, so much so that it has collaborated with the head chef at Château de Beaucastel to research food and wine matching in greater depth.
Producing over 3.5m hl (hectolitres), this is the second biggest region for production of appellation contrôlée wine in France after Bordeaux. Most is red, though production of both white and pink is growing. Some 20 grape varieties are planted in the south though one in particular, Grenache, gives the region as a whole its identity: generosity, body, weight and a definite tendency to making big wines. More than half of the production is of Côtes-du-Rhône with the best sold as Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. Better still are the so-called crus led by Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself.Châteauneuf-du-Pape: This large area to the north of Avignon makes the best wines of the south. Reds tend to be grenache based with syrah, mourvèdre and counoise also used. Few wines combine immense strength with perfect elegance quite so convincingly. Word of caution: Châteauneuf produces as much wine as the whole of the northern Rhône put together. A third is very good, a third acceptable and the last third, undrinkable.Right bank: Villages include Tavel (rosé only) Lirac, Saint-Gervais and Laudun. There is more rain here but it is also hot and grapes are therefore early ripening. Most of the area lies in the département of the Gard and stretches from the river westwards towards Nîmes where at some ill-defined line in the soil, the Rhône becomes the Languedoc. This is an area that has much improved over the years and has become a valuable source for very fine, concentrated syrah wines in particular.A little further on are the Costieres de Nimes, a large area of upland plateau, south-east of Nîmes. For the moment the Costières produces good everyday wines of good quality but there is potential to do much more.Northern hills: There are fresh sub-alpine breezes at work here and as a result the wines often have a distinct freshness too. Just north of Orange is the largely wooded and isolated Massif d'Uchaux. Many of its star producers here are able to farm organically. The three 'Vs' : Valréas, Visan and Vinsobres: These are three top neighbouring villages (with a 4th, Saint-Maurice broadly similar to Vinsobres). Vinsobres has full cru status and makes superb wine. Best names include Perrin, now the largest land owner and Domaine Jaume whose wines have been charming members since the 1979 vintage.Valréas and Visan are planted on the same hill but tend to look north. Emmanuel Bouchard is one of the top names in Valréas. Adrien Fabre makes both outstanding examples of both Visan and Saint-Maurice.Tricastin/Grignan-lès-Adhémar - The Tricastin is a much neglected part of the Rhône and coming down from the northern Rhône, these are the first vines one sees. It's a relatively cool area, far too cold for growing mourvèdre successfully, but the whites do very well and so does the syrah grape. The area has seen a name change as Tricastin is also the name of a power station on the river. The new name for the wines (which doesn't exactly trip off the tongue), is Grignan-lès-Adhémar. Central hills - This includes the villages of Cairanne and Rasteau along with neighbouring Roaix. Big full-bodied wines, grenache dominated. Rasteau is all power and might while Cairanne is more deicate.Plan de Dieu - Large flat expanse of pudding stones that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, in the middle of which there is an airfield, (largely built for the Luftwaffe) surrounded by vines. Full-bodied style. Excellent for mourvèdre. Jaboulet are very good here as is the Meffre family.Eastern fringes - Set against an iconic landscape with Mont Ventoux and the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail as the backdrop, some of these hillsides were first planted by the Romans and include some of the best-known names in the Rhône Valley.Gigondas: Mountain wine, late harvested, always dramatic and very full-bodied though never coarse or overweight. These are generous reds, capable of long ageing. A little rosé is also made.Vacqueyras: Next door to Gigondas yet different. Fruitier, a shade less powerful and more obviously charming:Beaumes de Venise: The red is as full as Gigondas but rounder and less complex and this village is better known for its sweet muscat, a vin doux naturel and perfect for desserts.Ventoux: At nearly 2000m this is some mountain which scores of cyclists are forced to conquer every year in the Tour de France. Its lower slopes are vineyard country though. Traditionally these were known as Côtes du Ventoux and were made and sold cheaply. Things are changing though with more estates cutting yields and making full and concentrated wine, not dissimilar to and better value than many Châteauneufs.
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"Direct and enjoyable. Just starting to dry out slightly. Looking forward to tasting the 2018."
Mr Trefor Rosser-James (13-Nov-2019)
"I have enjoyed a few bottles of this so far and found it to be a good value wine with a good balance and enough complexity to be interesting at this price point. A previous reviewer has compared it unfavourably to the Society's Cote de Rhone, which I have enjoyed for several years. A comparative tasting is obviously in the offing."
Mr Graham Luetchford (07-Oct-2019)
"This wine is so dull. Needs of splash of grenach and mourvedre to give it lift. So please WS, blend it and give us a decent GSM!"
Mr David P Gardner (24-Sep-2019)
"We ordered a case of this Syrah for a party last weekend and it was a great success. Light and smooth - perfect for lunchtime "
Mr Edward Glynn (08-Aug-2019)
"Yum - very good value for the price."
Mr Les Gunbie (29-May-2019)
"Simply delicious and tasted at least well as your raving had suggested! 4+ stars"
Mr Bruce Noble (28-May-2019)
Dr Nigel J Brown (17-May-2019)
"Pure fresh tasting Syrah. Delicious. Pleasant nose though no great weight, length or complexity. Notwithstanding greatly enjoyed by this Northern Rhone Syrah lover who has (sadly) grown accustomed to spending much more. To me very good value."
Mr Peter Blackledge (30-Jan-2019)
"An excellant middle-of-the-road French Syrah which 'does what it says on the can' one for the wine rack."
Mr Kevin Hewitt (20-Aug-2018)
"Definitely a winner! Absolutely delighted with Society's French Syrah. Stocks to be replenished."
Mr J Richard Musgrave (12-Aug-2018)
"I thought this wine was very pleasant for the money. It's not the most sophisticated wine I've had, but it's very drinkable and fruity without being too sweet. Will definitely buy again."
Mr Jon Connorton (13-Jun-2018)
"Bought a few bottles on off chance for a Fizz Friday canapé and supper party in case the excellent primitivo ran out after the Fizz and white. This was disappointing for a syrah. Too thin and simple for our taste. Have had much better similar wines at this price range."
Mrs Leonie Harvey (24-May-2018)
"A very curious addition to the Society's range. Pleasant and interesting enough, nothing wrong with it, but not as complex as The Society's Côtes-du-Rhône. This is lightweight, one dimensional and fruity, whereas the CdR is richer and has more of the classic Rhone spice and pepperiness. The pricing is also odd, with this wine at £7.95 and the CdR slightly cheaper at £7.75. It leads one to suspect that this wine is aimed at those who do not understand their French regions and are more influenced by a grape name on the label. You don't need me to tell you which wine to order."
Mr David J Richards (04-May-2018)
"First bottle opened of latest order. Great value even without the £1 discount. White pepper finish and robust enough to work with BBQ. I had it with a mild curry and it worked really well. Definitely a great addition to the WS label. Label suggest serve slightly chilled but works well at room temp as well."
Mr Tom Rodger (19-Apr-2018)
The Mail on Sunday (7th Apr 2019)
"Fruitin' tootin' -
ludicrous value for delightful deep fruit with a powerful peppery finish -
order a dozen. - Olly Smith"
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