2011 L’Andeol Rasteau
France: Rhône Valley
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
- 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