Country: France Region: Northern Rhône Vintage: 2014
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: Maison Nicolas Perrin
"Maison Nicolas Perrin brings together the scions of two of the great families of the Rhône, Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, and the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel. This joint venture micro-négociant was created in 2009 with the sole aim of producing top quality Northern Rhône wines. Nicolas is able to source the best fruit and wines from growers and producers that he has formed a long standing relationship with, while the Perrin family bring expertise in winemaking and blending, as well as the use of their cellars.
The partnership stems from a long standing friendship, a shared love of gastronomy and a philosophy to create wines that represent the best of their appellation. We were impressed by the precision of the wines which, allied with their modern style and the emphasis on fruit.
The Crozes Hermitage Blanc is made solely from Marsanne. It is fresh with hints of honeysuckle and dried herbs and an appealing weight and complexity derived from the 10 months it spends in used barrels. The Syrah/Viognier is made with 98% Syrah with 2% Viognier to add finesse and softness. The Crozes Hermitage Rouge is fragrant and juicy with hints of black pepper, fine tannins and balanced acidity. Grapes for the Saint-Joseph are from the north of the appellation and also from the historical centre. The former give minerality and fruitiness, while the latter provide more flesh and body.
The Côte Rôtie is round and velvety while still possessing the heady perfume of violets. The Hermitage Blanc is a blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne, fermented separately then aged in new French oak for 10 months. This adds complexity and richness to the honeyed and ripe stone fruit aromas, while the quality of the fruit ensures an incredibly long finish. The Ermitage Red comes from a vineyard right above 'La Chapelle'. Nicolas Perrin only makes a few barrels of this wine each year. While more structured than the Côte Rôtie, it is restrained with aromas of red and black fruits, racy acidity and fine firm tannins that will soften with time. Like all of the Nicolas Perrin wines, this Ermitage is surprisingly approachable, yet we can also see the rewards of patience if this wine is left to develop, which it will do so beautifully."
Winemaker: Marc Perrin & Nicolas Jaboulet
Crozes-Hermitage is the biggest of the Northern Rhone appellations, measuring 1300 hecatares. The grapes for Nicolas Perrin's Crozes Hermitage Rouge are sourced from both the northern and southern parts of the appellation. In the northern part of the appellation the soil is composed of granite slopes similar to those of Hermitage. In the south the soil is mainly alluvial with a few stony terraces brought by the Rhône river.
The grapes were cold-macerated before being fermented to increase the fruit aromas. Maceration and fermentation did last for about 20 days with pumping-over for the first few days followed by punching-down of the cap. The wine was then aged in large, wooden vats which can hold between 55-80 hectolitres. This allows the flavours to impart into the wine while maintaining freshness.
This wine offers a superb ruby colour with purple hues. Ripe black cherry and blackberries on the fragrant nose with a hint of smokiness. Rich and lively, its fruit flesh flavours are balanced by sour cherry and blackcurrant which nicely 'lift' the wine on the finish. Intense with well integrated tannins, this wine will age well and develop its toasty, smoky aromas.
Food Suggestion: Lovely with roast duck or a middle-eastern style spiced vegetable casserole.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 13%