The Perrin family has been a staple in the Southern Rhone Valley for generations, tracing back to their purchase of Beaucastel in 1909. And while the CDP sets the standard in the region, and homage is often the single best bottle produced in many years, the price tags are now firmly set in the triple digits.
But tucked away in a pile of Saturday nighters – might be one of the most ridiculous values we’ll offer this entire year from the Rhone Valley. ‘Les Cornuds’ from the commune of Vinsobres is always solid but 2017 was something special.
2017 saw virtually no rain the entire year; it was a wine drinker’s dream and a banker’s nightmare. The driest weather in thirty years produced a vintage with crazy low yields, but one where non-interventionist winemaking saw old-vines bear intense, rich fruit with incredible tension and length.
A traditional mix of 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache becomes slightly less traditional in “Les Cornuds (the horns) style, which has the Syrah see Oak to round it out and give it depth and the Grenache only fermented in Stainless Steal to preserve the freshest and juiciest expression of Grenache.
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92 Points (Smart Buy), Wine Spectator
A bright and fresh style, with a mix of raspberry, cherry and red currant coulis flavors, underscored by light bramble and mineral accents. Shows good juicy energy through the finish, revealing latent depth. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2025.
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