2008 Perrin & Fils "Reserve" Côtes du Rhône Blanc

SKU #1048842

The Perrin family owns vineyards within the best terroirs of the Southern Rhône Valley. Amongst these are the plots that produce such famous wines as the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel, Beaucastel’s Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, the Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet, the Vinsobres Les Cornuds, or the Château du Grand Prébois, which produces the bulk of the Côtes du Rhône Perrin Réserve. This is year-in-and-year-out one of the best Rhone values, red or white. Full, bright and very alive on the palate, this is brimming with peach and lemon peel aromatics, with pink grapefruit and zesty notes on the palate, all tied together with a hint of minerality. Delicious! According to Wine Spectator: "A light, fresh style, with modest peach and floral notes backed by an almond note. Very clean and refreshing, with nice balance. Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Drink now." (09/09) 13% abv.

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 8/18/2010 
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Simple, clean, fresh, restrained, and yummy. I found the flavors hard to pin down -- I didn't notice the peach, but there are minerals and certainly some fruit, maybe more like tart apple. Maybe that's why I like it so much: there's a balance and subtlety that make it superior in my mind to any other white in the under $12 price range.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13