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Professional Ratings: 87 The Wine Advocate
Region: Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone White Blends
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines
Style: Light & Crisp
Alcohol By Volume: 13%
Item no. 99500
A blend of 50% Grenache blanc, 20% Viognier, 15% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne.
A fine bright straw-gold colour. An elegant nose that shows touches of toast. Good balance with no excess of alcohol, full-bodied and long.
Serve with fine or gently spiced dishes (saffron), grilled fish or fish soup (bouillabaisse).
The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Reserve blanc (25% Viognier, 25% Roussanne, and 50% Grenache Blanc) reveals crisp, subtle orange, pear, and white currant fruit, excellent acidity, and a medium-bodied, refreshing style.
One of the great estates of the Rhone Valley, Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu. Beaucastel has nearly 200 acres in vine in Chateauneuf du Pape, and they have branched out with an impressive operation under the Perrin et Fils label, purchasing grapes and acquiring land (in Vinsobres and Gigondas, for example). Their goal is to become the most recognized name for high quality wines in the southern Rhone. As shrewd consumers know, one of the best values in under $10 a bottle wine is La Vieille Ferme. The Perrin et Fils cuvees include wines made from purchased grapes as well as their new acquisitions in Vinsobres, Gigondas (25 acres), and the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne (35 acres). The Perrins enjoyed tremendous success with their 2008 red wines, largely because yields ranged between 18 hectoliters per hectare for Beaucastel, to only 20 hectoliters per hectare for Coudoulet. The mildew that affected everyone was the culprit. The entire family acknowledged there was an extraordinary triage and culling out of the grapes at the sorting tables.