2020 Famille Perrin Gigondas L'Argnee Vieilles Vignes
The Gigondas L'Argnée Vieilles Vignes from Famille Perrin comes from a vineyard that is 1 hectare and which is planted with more than 130 year old vines, so prephylloxera! The yield is so low that only 1,500 bottles are made annually and all bottles are of course numbered. After manual picking, the Grenache grape bunches are selected, not destemmed and bruised. After a short soaking time, the temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation with wild (grape-specific) yeasts is allowed to take place in stainless steel tanks. After 2 weeks, the grapes are pressed and the young wine is transferred to oak foeders and barriques to undergo malolactic fermentation and mature. After 12 months, the wine is assembled and bottled without fining or filtering. This entire process largely follows biological and biodynamic rules and regulations. The Gigondas L'Argnée Vieilles Vignes from Famille Perrin has a deep, dark black-red color. In the nose aromas of black cherries, raspberries, lavender, leather and a hint of cedar. In the palate notes of ripe berry fruit, mocha, undergrowth and black pepper, which are accompanied by a very long lasting finish with extremely refined tannins and elegant acids.
Say Perrin and you think of the magical castle Château de Beaucastel and the evocative Châteauneuf-du-Pape that is highly sought after worldwide. Beaucastel has been around since the beginning of the 17th century, but it was not until 1909, when the Perrin family became the owner, that the 100-hectare domain underwent a real metamorphosis. More than a hundred years later, and already in its fifth generation, the Perrin empire has grown to 325 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which are privately owned. After the success in Châteauneuf, the family started buying other plots in the southern Rhone. Today they are active in the Côtes du Rhône Villages, Vinsobres, Cairanne, Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, even Beaumes-de-Venise and Tavel and for several months in Côtes de Provence with Château Miraval, the jont venture between Perrin and Jolie -Pitt (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie). Each and every one of these plots are ideally situated, which are a maximum of 45 minutes from the home port of Orange and can therefore be inspected daily. The success that the family enjoys today is largely due to the now deceased Jacques Perrin, of the third generation, a real 'biodynamist' avant la lettre. His philosophy? Good wine is made by letting the grape run its course in the best possible natural conditions. And so it happened, because already in 1964 all chemical fertilizers and weed killers were banned from the vineyard. Nothing is left to chance in the basement either. The Perrins built an ultra-modern vinification cellar on the nearby La Vieille Ferme estate, equipped with all the technical gadgets. But above all, the family will go down in the history books as the master of blenders. It is undeniably the great secret of the Perrins, who are convinced that blending the right grapes in the right quantities makes for better wines. Something that is still done by the family every year. Over the five generations, the Perrin family has acquired several vineyards with the best terroirs in the southern Rhone Valley. These vineyards are managed and vinified according to the same principles and convictions as Château de Beaucastel. Within the 'Famille Perrin' range, you will discover the richness of the southern Rhone valley through several renowned appellations such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Vinsobres, Cairanne and Rasteau. Here too, the authenticity and essence of the terroir are central to all wines.
The Perrin family are wine producers and traders with a cast-iron reputation in the Southern Rhône. They own, among other things, the famous Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In all their wines, the Perrins strive for the highest possible degree of typicity, ie a classic style that always refers to the possibilities of a particular appellation, from 'ordinary' regional wine to cru. The Perrins always choose fruit from the best vineyards within each appellation.
Over the five generations, the Perrin family has acquired several vineyards with the best terroirs in the Southern Rhone Valley. These vineyards are managed and vinified according to the same principles and belief as Château de Beaucastel. Within the 'Famille Perrin' range, you will discover the richness of the southern Rhone Valley through various renowned appellations such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Vinsobres, Cairanne and Rasteau. Here too, the authenticity and essence of the terroir are central to all wines.
|Type of Wine
|Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch