2007 Perrin et Fils Gigondas Vieilles Vignes

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
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"Dense and backward, but with ample fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit waiting to emerge fully, this muscular version is loaded with additional tar, pastis and Christmas pudding notes, all while staying deftly balanced and nicely polished, with buried minerality. This really feels like it pulled something special and deep from its terroir. Best from 2011 through 2020. 165 cases made." (WS)

"A magnificent achievement, the 2007 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a tiny cuvee made from pre-phylloxera, 125+-year-old vines planted in 3/4 of a hectare (about 1.5 acres). If you are lucky enough to find a bottle of this 100% Grenache, it is truly remarkable. It stands out not only for its extraordinary elegance, purity, and incredibly sweet kirsch, raspberry, and mineral notes, but also for its immense palate penetration and aromatic persistence and length. This gorgeous, potentially prodigious Gigondas should evolve for 15 or more years.

One of the great estates of the Rhone Valley, Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu. Beaucastel has nearly 200 acres in vine in Chateauneuf du Pape, and they have branched out with an impressive operation under the Perrin et Fils label, purchasing grapes and acquiring land (in Vinsobres and Gigondas, for example). Their goal is to become the most recognized name for high quality wines in the southern Rhone. As shrewd consumers know, one of the best values in under $10 a bottle wine is La Vieille Ferme. The Perrin et Fils cuvees include wines made from purchased grapes as well as their new acquisitions in Vinsobres, Gigondas (25 acres), and the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne (35 acres). The Perrins enjoyed tremendous success with their 2008 red wines, largely because yields ranged between 18 hectoliters per hectare for Beaucastel, to only 20 hectoliters per hectare for Coudoulet. The mildew that affected everyone was the culprit. The entire family acknowledged there was an extraordinary triage and culling out of the grapes at the sorting tables." (WA)

"Vivid red. Pure, penetrating aromas of raspberry, cherry and smoky herbs, with a mounting floral quality. Deeper dark berry notes on the palate, which add richness to sweeter red fruit flavors. Candied floral and spice qualities dominate a long, sappy and very precise finish. This is delicious now but I'd bet on it being even better with a few more years of bottle age. These 120+ year old vines are planted on sandy soil and were never affected by phylloxera." (IWC)