2010 Famille Perrin & Fils "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône

SKU #1085809 Jancis Robinson

 From three vineyards: Syrah from Vinsobres, Grenache from Orange, Mourvèdre from close to St-Maurice. They claim that of all the widely available Côtes du Rhônes, this is one of the few based on estates. Relatively simple nose. Good freshness and fruity attack but still pretty young and chewy.  (12/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another wine not to miss in this less expensive category is their Perrin 2010 Cotes du Rhone Reserve. There are nearly 200,000 bottles of this wine, and to reiterate, the Grenache comes from their estate in Grand Prebois (which represents 50% of the blend), the Syrah from their holdings in Vinsobres, and the rest from St.-Gervais and other estates where they have contracts to purchase grapes, not finished wine. This is a beauty - deep ruby colored, with lots of berry fruit, tobacco leaf, and licorice as well as hints of mint and kirsch. A super introduction to the southern Rhone, this beauty should drink well for another 3-4 years.  (10/ 2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Cherry and dark berries on the pungent nose. Offers gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and picks up slight bitterness with air. Finishes on a smoky note, with good energy and a touch of bitter cherry.  (5/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 A light-bodied, floral style, offering violet, high-toned cherry and damson plum notes that carry through the sandalwood-framed finish.  (10/ 2012)

K&L Notes

This is a wonderful follow-up to the 2009 which was one of our top selling wines of last year, on shelves now with a brand new label! The 2010 Perrin Réserve Côtes du Rhône is packed with bright, high-toned red fruit, cherry kirsch and red licorice notes as well as red raspberries and spice which mingle with racy acidity and subtle hints of oak. The Perrin family owns the famous Chateau Beaucastel which is renowned as one of the greatest producers in all of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Pierre Perrin is head vineyard scout for the Perrin family and his job is to unearth diamond in the rough vineyards to source great fruit for many of the Perrin family projects such as the Perrin Reserve wines. 13.5% abv.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2012  | Send Email
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This is a wonderful drinking Côtes Du Rhone red at a ridicously low price. Medium-deep ruby red in color, the nose offers scrumptious amounts of anise, strawberry to white pepper fruit with just a hint of cedary oak. Bright and flashy in the nose, this production from the owners of Chateau de Beaucastel provides wonderful drinkability and is simply a great deal. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for however long it is around. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2012 to 2015

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/29/2012  | Send Email
Great little everyday quaffer. Soft but not flabby, easy drinking and easy on the pocket book. Not for the southern Rhone purist, but perfect for that Tuesday night pizza party. CM

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/21/2012  | Send Email
A great value wine. The Perrin Reserve has nice dark fruit flavors, is medium bodied and very easy to drink. A good bbq or party wine, it will also go well with pork , chicken or vegtables.

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/28/2012  | Send Email
Year in and year out one of the best values in Rhone wine. This vintage is no exception.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2012  | Send Email
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Another great value wine from Perrin. The new package for the 2010 compliments the bright fresh wine inside. The 09 vintage was big and ripe but for me many of the 2010 Rhones possess great fruit but with a brighter acid and more balance than some 09’s. This wine totally defies it’s incredibly low price point. Great up front fruit, elegantly perfumed with good weight and spice on the palate. Not a heavy wine but certainly has the concentration and persistence to be a very good and versatile food wine. When you dust off the grill this spring make sure you have your place stocked with this wine, it’s a crowd pleaser!
Top Value!

 By: Paul Burt |  Review Date: 3/3/2013 
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3.5? This? Me? Why? Body. The nose is fairly sparse with red berry fruits, plum, some toasty oak develops, light spice fill out the aromas. The body is light structured, not the broader wine of the last 4 vintages. I was ready for tannins dark berries and all that stuff - what I got was rounded red fruit, light tannins, a less than lingering aftertaste. This is a pork, chicken type of wine - not that it's bad...it is a good wine, just different from Famille Perrin. Drink now. Paul
Drink from 2013 to 2105

Additional Information:

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 (%): 13.5