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Outstanding Direct-Import Value from the Banner '15 Vintage - 04/13/2017 - Red Burgundy

Regular readers of our On The Trail blog, we likely already know of our unadulterated adoration for the wines of Freres Perroud. This small estate located in the slopes of Brouilly has been quietly making stunning wines of remarkable value. Each time we re-visit them we are nothing short of awestruck at the level of character and depth these wines possesses. Beaujolais has seen a significant rise in quality over the past few years and leading the charge is estates like Freres Perroud. For those in search of the next big thing, you need look no further.

Run by two brothers, Michel and Robert, Freres Perroud is remarkable not only for the outstanding quality and value of the wines produced, but also for their unwavering commitment to organic and sustainable practices. The quartet of wines featured here wonderfully illustrate this singular commitment to the land offering tremendous purity and authenticity. From the "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly to the Bourgogne Blanc one is immediately struck by how clean and focused the wines are. Beautiful representations of their varietal, these are wines that will appeal to the wine connoisseur and the casual drinker alike. Add to all this the overall stunning quality of the 2015 vintage and you have a set of wines that are simply too good to pass.

To learn more about this estate, be sure to check out our On The Trail post.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Les Freres Perroud Bourgogne Blanc >100 $14.99 View
2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly 90 >100 $14.99 View
2015 Les Frères Perroud "Amethyste" Brouilly >100 $16.99 View
2015 Les Freres Perroud Bourgogne Pinot Noir (organic) >100 $16.99 View


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2015 Les Freres Perroud Bourgogne Blanc ($14.99)

In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming. All their young vines are either organically farmed or under organic conversion and all the older vines are farmed sustainably. The Bourgogne blanc is a riper and rounder expression that offers a seductive creaminess along with fresh acidity.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

As much as I've fallen for the Perroud reds this year, I was actually quite taken by their quaint little Bourgogne blanc, a wine that offers much more richness than what we normally see in the Macon or in Chablis. 2015 was a warmer vintage and their hillside vineyards got plenty of sun (when they weren't getting pounded with hail), so the chardonnay has plenty of creamy texture. It's not all hedonistic, however, as if there's one thing the Perrouds do well it's balance. There's a fresh and fruity backbone to those richer notes of baked apple and spice. It's utterly charming stuff.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

Super quaffable full-bodied Bourgogne Blanc for fans of Chardonnay that can appreciate the riper 2015 vintage with juicy notes of baked apple, spice and a hint of toast, but offers enough tangy acidity to keep things lively and lifted. Pop and enjoy!

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2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly ($14.99)

90 points Vinous: "Brilliant red. Energetic, spice-tinged red berries and fresh flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Clings with very good tenacity on the long, supple finish, which shows just a hint of fine-grained tannins. (JR)" (08/2016)

Wine Enthusiast: "A bright and juicy wine from this often easygoing appellation. The red-cherry fruitiness and attractive acidity make for a wine that is rounded and ripe. It is ready to drink, crisp and fruity at the end. (RV)" (02/2017)

K&L Notes: In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming.

Staff ImageJim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2017

It is really a delight to find Cru Beaujolais available on the market like this old vine production. Nearly fifty years ago, the French seriously considered ripping out the Gamay vineyards in Southern Burgundy because wine sales from that area, for many reasons, had virtually come to a halt. Regardless what you feel about the nouveau wines of Beaujolais, that evolution saved the Gamay vineyards of Beaujolais. Many producers have returned, since then, to making Gamay in the fashion that it was created fifty-plus years ago, much like its clonal parent of Pinot Noir is produced in the heart of Burgundy. This villages Cru is a perfect example as to how the wines from Beaujolais use to be made. Medium ruby in color, the aromatics are distinctive and pronounced with upfront strawberry to clove-like notes with an obvious mild cedary oak {yes, some barrel aging took place} background note, The palate is bright, balanced, yet rich, reductive, and subtle, with silky, very fine tannins and a finish that is long and deep. This Gem would give many villages Burgundy a great run for their money, and, according to Rusty, will be one of our house reds for the next couple of years. A K&L Wine Merchants' Direct Import. A WONDERFUL BEAUJOLAIS BUY! ***** 11.0% TO 14.0% ABV *****

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 19, 2017

This is very polished and silky Brouilly. "Vieilles Vignes" cuvee is slightly fuller bodied and juicier that "Amethyste" cuvee with darker fruit and richer texture. It's absolutely seamless and glides on the palate from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've had such well-rounded Beaujolais that is easy to enjoy on its own and it can also stand up to grilled meats. Think backyard BBQ this summer!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

This wine just explodes in your mouth with dark cassis fruit, anise, mineral notes, and a juiciness that speaks to the careful vineyard management by the Perroud brothers. For the price, I would put the VV along side the best red wine deals in the store from anywhere. There's a freshness underneath all that fruit and secondary complexity that accents and highlights the acidity. If you still think Beaujolais is just that supermarket fruit juice you see every November, this bottle should be mandatory in your education. There's a very serious world of "cru" Beaujolais beyond the limitations of the carbonic "nouveau". And we're offering a great example of that seriousness for a very serious price.

Staff ImageAndrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2016

This was perhaps my favorite new Beaujolais to arrive this year, and a perfect wine to get into for the holidays. Rich tart cranberry and ripe cherry are balanced some minerality and texture. Soft and rich on the palate there is lovely touch of tannin and enough acid to help drive the finish. Tis the season of Beaujolais and seeing as this is under $ 15 there is no reason not to stock up on it for all Holiday dinner needs.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 12, 2016

Baked cherry fruit, crushed flowers, granite minerality and a trace of iron form the personality of this bottle from a great vintage for Beaujolais. This "Old Vines" bottling is somewhat beefy and chewy, which enhances its hearty nature.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2016

Huge cranberry fruit with just the right amount of tartness and a velvety finish--this is a more serious release from Les Freres Perroud, lush without losing any of its welcome minerality. Complex Gamay from 65-year-old vines, all for barely $15?! A holiday win.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 14, 2016

Tis the season for family, turkey and Beaujolais! Heres a super-crowd-pleasing, fruity and mineral-driven top value pick for Thanksgiving festivities from brothers Perroud. Made in tribute to their father, this expression is vibrant with forward, bright, ripe, red fruit that has lush texture and a streak of granite-like minerality that shines through beautifully. Cheerful, bright and ready to drink wine doesnt get easier or more enjoyable to share than this!

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 13, 2016

What a phenomenal Beaujolais value! This wine is full, and rich, showcasing the strength of the vintage, but without losing the elegant mineral backbone so classic in Brouilly. Deep black and red berry fruit shows on the palate, with very soft, ripe tannin and pleasant weight. Overall a great buy, and should be perfect with a Thanksgiving meal.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 07, 2016

For those of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2015 Beaujolais you will not be disappointed. Everything you have heard is true and the proof is in the 2015 Domaine Les Freres Perroud Vieilles Vignes Brouilly. Rich and ripe this wine is packed with delicious ripe strawberries and mocha notes along with silky tannins. A seamless wine, it will easily turn the Pinot Noir lover to the Gamay grape.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 01, 2016

This 100% Gamay Noir wine comes from a 4 acre vineyard where the average age of the vines are 65 years old. Soil type is clay and red granite sand. This is really a serious Brouilly which shows wonderful fruit, a juicy, lush texture and finishes with spicy ruby red fruits and mineral hints. A nice peak into the quality of the 2015s!

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2015 Les Frères Perroud "Amethyste" Brouilly ($16.99)

In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming. All their young vines are either organically farmed or under organic conversion and all the older vines are farmed sustainably. The Amethyst is located on the southern slope of the Saburins hill in the village of Quincie, one of the six villages of the Brouilly Appellation. Amethyst wine is aged for one year in neutral oak barrels and offers freshness to lovely dark fruit flavors with balanced acidity.

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

Why the name "Amethyste" for this Cru Beaujolais from Les Frères Perroud? The answer is in the Amethyst strewn soils of the southern slope of the Saburins hill in the village of Quincie, where the Gamay is grown. The wine Itself is beautifully balanced, with expressive notes of black cherry and redcurrant and earthy undertones, but It's sparkling minerality reflective of terroir is the real gem.

Staff ImageLilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

There is a layer of amethyst crystal underground giving to the wine each year a unique typicity and distinctive minerality to this vineyard, hence the name. This wine has serious structure and incredible depth for Gamay. I would have certainly mistaken it for true Burgundy in a blind tasting. It's full of earthy dark red cherry fruit with notes of forest floor. This is a wine you can age for another 5 years easily, but in meantime enjoy this powerful and balanced Beaujolais with duck confit or leg of lamb.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

The quality of 2015 Beaujolais is really something special. These are wines that we all should be buying and not only drinking but cellaring as well. The Amethyste is a dark and broad wine that has a bit more structure and depth than the Vieilles Vignes. This is the perfect Beaujolais to put a case in your cellar and enjoy over the next 5 years.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

Of all the Beaujolais producers we've begun working with directly over the last year, I'm most smitten with the Perroud bothers. Not only is their portfolio a dynamic and diverse one, all of their wines seem to simply burst with freshness, concentration, and simple charm. The "Amethyste" is a plump and dark fruited Beaujolais that really speaks to the quality of the Perroud family's Brouilly hillside vineyards and the organic and sustainable viticulture they practice. Put this side by side with any other "cru" Beaujolais in the same price point and I think the difference is pretty clear. The "Amethyste" is deeper, darker, denser, and more complex than just about any of its peers. This is quite the find for our Burgundy department.

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2015 Les Freres Perroud Bourgogne Pinot Noir (organic) ($16.99)

In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming. All their young vines are either organically farmed or under organic conversion and all the older vines are farmed sustainably.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 05, 2017

While the Perroud brothers are Beaujolais winemakers, they're so good at what don't overlook their absolutely charming 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, a wine that honestly may be the best sub-$20 Bourgogne rouge we've ever carried. Farmed entirely organically as well and seductive on the palate, the soft red fruits almost melt in your mouth: raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and hints of baking spice on the finish. It's so simple to drink and even easier to fall in love with!

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 04, 2017

Unfortunately we were limited with the amount of Pinot Noir we could get this year. Production was down drastically with all the weather issues the region had in 2015. This is an easy drinking, everyday wine that over-delivers for the money. It shows sweet, ripe currant flavors and a surprisingly rich mouth feel followed by a silky texture. Lots going on with this wine.

Staff ImageDulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

This is a great example of a totally approachable and affordable regional Bourgogne. The wine is fragrant with hints of clove spice on the nose, and is lively and bright on the palate with earthy notes of ripe strawberry and cherries. Don't miss out on this killer deal for under $20!