2009 Perrin et Fils Les Christins Vacqueyras
Famous for the outstanding wines of Chateau de Beaucastel, the Perrin family has been making wine in the Southern Rhone since 1909. A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, half of the blended wine was matured in oak casks and other 50% in stainless steel tanks.
Opaque, black crimson red colour with deep crimson red hue. The nose exhibits aromas of liquorice, black raspberry, blackpepper and spice. Showing impressive richness and weight for a Grenache dominate blend, the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of liquorice, blackberry and black raspberry followed by some dried, meat like characters and a peppery back palate. Dry, slightly leather like but fine grained tannins. Long liquorice, meaty blackpepper aftertaste.
Cellar 4-5 years (2015-2016)
Speaking of contrasts, the exuberance of the Grenache grape is well-displayed in the Perrin et Fils 2009 Vacqueyras Cristins. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, it possesses abundant amounts of kirsch liqueur, licorice, lavender, garrigue, pepper and spice as well as full body and excellent richness. This great value should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate