2011 L’Andeol Rasteau
We don’t usually discuss celebrities on TWS, but we had to make an exception in today’s case. Famille Perrin has shot to fame as the partner of Hollywood Super Couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the creation of their popular Miraval Rosé. Today’s 2011 L’Andeol Rasteau might not have the blessing of Brangelina, but what it does have behind it is Five Generations of classic French winemaking.
Brooding ruby in color, today’s wine has beautiful mouthcoating flavors of braised red cherry, vanilla bean, and toasty cocoa powder. It also has a lovely pop of acidity that left a smile on the face of every member of our tasting panel.
Check out this video of winemaker Pierre Perrin discussing today’s wine:
Dark, brooding ruby throughout the glass.
Ripe, slightly roasted red fruit aromas (hints of the wine’s warm hillside vineyard source) greet you initially. These notes of raspberry and mulberry are joined by dusty earth, briar patch, vanilla bean, dried herbes de Provence, and coffee bean.
A very serious and layered flavor profile, with a dark berry compote of braised red cherry, strawberry, and blackberry laid overtop vanilla bean, cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, blood orange, tart cranberry, rosemary, and a subtle kick of black peppercorn.
A flavor packed wine from the Southern Rhône, this bold beauty has rich, mouth coating flavors and a bright acidity that all point to excellent aging potential. A slight cranberry tartness lingers on the tongue at the very end.
Spice-rubbed pork shoulder, slow roasted and served with homemade rhubarb ketchup.
What the Winery Says
Rasteau benefits from the peculiar Southern Rhône climate. For the most part the Grenache is facing south and protected from the mistral, enabling it to mature particularly well. The wine develops aromas of figs, dark chocolate and a texture typical of the appellation.
Robert Parker Review The Perrin 2011 Rasteau l’Andeol displays the tell-tale full-bodied, rustic power of sun-baked Grenache from this warm hillside appellation. It also has the rather chocolaty, berry component that Grenache seems to routinely possess from Rasteau. It is a big wine, and not for those looking for more delicately styled southern Rhones, but this is mouth-coating, rich, and big.
International Wine Cellar Review Bright ruby. Musky red berry and floral scents, along with hints of white pepper and succulent herbs. Tangy and sharply focused, offering taut redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of blood orange. The gently tannic finish features an echo of spiciness and firm grip.
- Pierre Perrin
- Rasteau AOC, Rhône, France
- Fruit Variety
- Almost entirely Grenache Noir, with a splash of Syrah
- Soil Type
- Old terraces of gravel on sand and Pliocene clay
- Winemaking Process
- 90% in stainless steel, 10% in Foudres
- Aged for 6 months
About the Winery
The Perrin family has taken particular care that this Côtes du Rhône meets their stringent standards of excellence. As proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and producers of La Vieille Ferme from the Côtes du Ventoux and Luberon, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century. Jean-Pierre and François’s father, Jacques Perrin, was a gifted winemaker who brought world renown to the family domaine, introducing innovative techniques in the cellar, such as flash-heat exchange for maximum extract, integrated pest-control and organic farming practices in the vineyards.
Now the next generation of winemakers has joined Jean-Pierre and François – Pierre, Marc, Thomas and Matthieu – to continue the proud family tradition. The next generation of the Perrin family –Pierre, Marc and Thomas – have joined Jean-Pierre and François Perrin and together they have added some interesting appellations to their already impressive list of wines. “Perrin & Fils aspires to establish its reputation specializing in vineyard-designated communal wines from the Southern Rhône. And as the company’s head vineyard scout, [Pierre] Perrin must unearth diamonds in the rough.