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Massive Discount on a Crowd-Pleasing Rhône Red from Famille Perrin - 12/22/2017 - Rhone Valley

Earning a pair of strong 90 point reviews and with a deep 35% discount, the 2013 Famille Perrin "Les Cornuds" is about an exciting value as they come. Produced by the Perrins, the esteemed family behind the famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate of Beaucastel, it is a seriously impressive Rhône red. While many value-priced Rhône wines can come across a little one-dimensional, this 2013 is just the opposite, being remarkably complex and layered. Yet, for all its complexity, it remains very user-friendly with an open and easy-going style. If ever there was a wine that can make all the people happy all of the time - this is the one. Fruit, spice, and floral accents work together in perfect harmony making this one a hard wine to put down. Make this your weeknight pour or pop it open at your next gathering, it is the perfect choice no matter the occasion. Originally this 2013 clocked in over the $20, but thanks to a super-deep discount, we have it for a fraction of that. This is a one time deal, however, so don’t think on this one too long, as once it’s gone, it’ll be gone for good.

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2013 Famille Perrin "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres (Previously $20) ($12.99)

90 points Vinous: "Brilliant violet. Fresh red and blue fruits, white pepper and succulent flowers on the nose, slowly developing a hint of licorice. Plush and broad on the palate, offering sappy boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of allspice. In an ample but lively style, finishing sweet, smooth and long, with gentle tannins sneaking in late. (JR)" (06/2016)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "From a vineyard at the northern edge of the southern Rhône, this evokes cooler climes in its lean, peppery red fruit. And yet the wine feels substantial, a firm minerality lending it breadth and length. Pair it with a juicy, rare steak." (02/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Borderline outstanding, the 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages Vinsobres les Cornuds is a beautiful wine, and in this vintage it is a big success. Offering lots of jammy blackberries, spring flowers, peach pit and hints of white pepper, its medium-bodied, elegant and nicely focused. It has good acidity, as well as plenty of fruit, and should drink well for 5-7 years. (JD)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: About 20 miles north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape lies the beautiful village of Vinsobres. The soils are made up of gravel and sandy marl (a high calcareous soil). It is also one of the highest appellations in the southern Rhône, with vineyards planted at around 1000 feet above sea level. It is an ideal place for Syrah and marries well with the cooler climate style of the region. The Cornuds is a blend of Grenache and Syrah that is vinified in a mix of wooden and stainless steel tanks. The Syrah component is aged partially in oak barrel before the blend is completed. Showing the essence of both grapes, there are beautiful aromas of violets, blackberries, cherries and chocolate. It is silky and smooth and an ideal pairing for veal, lamb and slow cooked braises.

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2018

Even keeled yet satisfyingly peppery, this balanced red blend is bursting with blue violet aromatics up front, followed by subtle earthiness and dark red fruit through the palate and a soft finish. Combine that with the pedigree of Rhones legendary Perrin family and you have a great versatile red for a steal.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2018

If you're looking for a steal of the century Rhone blend, look no further and check out the Vinsobres from Famille Perrin. This blend is absolutely fantastic. Heavier in flavor profile with notes of blackberry, licorice and pepper, this beast is subtle and easy drinking. Definitely my brand new every day red. Get it while you can.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 12, 2017

Vinsobres is one of those Cru appellations that is still earning its bones much like Gigondas or Vacqueyras were 10 years ago. Once a Cotes du Rhone Village it was elevated to Cru status because of its beautiful terroir and exposition. Sitting towards the north end of the Southern Rhone, this is a much cooler climate compared to Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas. Also, Syrah plays a much more important role in the blends here. What you get are more aromatic and perfumed Rhones that have higher spice notes and more supple fruit. The Perrin family has such an amazing eye for detail as well and they would be the ideal candidate to suss out the best that this region has to offer. They are of course the family behind Chateau de Beaucastel, probably the most iconic of all the Chateuneufs. All fruit is farmed organically, all winemaking is top-notch and it all shows in the finished product. The 2013 vintage was challenging to say the least. Grenache was afflicted with collioure, where flowering doesn't occur properly and you are left with bunches of berries with lots of fruit missing. This means lower yields overall but not bad fruit. In fact quite good fruit. Not as concentrated as in vintages like 2010 or 2012 but definitely classically styled flavors. To finish the story, the supplier was a little long on the 2013 vintage, so of course they made us an offer and we made a counter-offer and we were able to land this normally $20+ wine for $13. A Cru wine for a Villa

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

If you have ever been in the LA Store and spoken with me, you would know I like anything under $15.00 that can claim to be amazing. This Rhone Red fits the bill. I am speaking of an ideal party-pleasing wine that anyone, no matter the palate, will enjoy. The nose is great with floral and spice. The taste combines round mouthfeel and a surprising minerality, which leads to a plush, subtle finish. Reach for this as a perfect pick for any holiday party or late night taco truck.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

Another fantastic deal from the Perrin family of Beaucastel fame. This has dark, meaty flavors of plums, cherries and spice but with great freshness due to the vintage. Hearty, but not heavy, this is a complex and food-friendly bottle that drinks well above its price.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 04, 2017

Vinsobres is another tiny commune making up the vast area of the Rhone Valley. Located in the far, northeast corner of the Southern Rhone, you'll find the usual varieties like Grenache and Syrah, and like its neighbor Valreas, Vinsobres is known for wines of finesse and powerful aromatics. The Les Cornuds, made by Famille Perrin (Chateau Beaucastel), is a single vineyard blend with excellent concentration, crisp, up-front acid, and aromatics of dark fruits, brambles and spice. Clean and polished, but still true to its place, it reminds me of a handful of great everyday Rhones from this year like the Delas Cotes-du-Rhone and Petite Bellane. I'm a total sucker for everyday wines that outperform their price point and have a sense of place. This wine nails it on all accounts.