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

SKU #1332419 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)  (6/2016)

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.  (2/2017)

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, it’s 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 Chateauneuf 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 Rhone with vineyards planted at around 1000 feet. 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 is beautiful aromas of violets, blackberries, cherries and chocolate. It is silky and smooth and an ideal pairing for veal, lamb and slow cooked braises.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2017 | Send Email
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 Village price! So what about the wine? Beautiful drinking for certain. It is perfumed and harmonious with lovely currant and cherry notes. Lots of potpourri and baking spices develop in the glass. This has quickly arrived as one of my favorite go-to Rhones in the stores right now. Ideal drinking now and for another 5 years or more.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2017 | Send Email
I adore the peppery notes in this juicy and easy-to-love 2013 Vinsobres. It's fleshy, but restrained and balanced against that classic Rhone profile of violets and spice. This is the best Rhone value I've tasted in this price range all year. It's everything you expect and everything you want for the price. In a world where Rhone values have become fruit bombs, over-the-top extracts in search of Parker points, the Perrin is a breath of fresh air.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2017 | Send Email
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 Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2017 | Send Email
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.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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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.
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