2017 Perrin & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"The young vines from Beaucastel contribute fruit to this bottling, but the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape les Sinards deserves to stand on its own. It's a complex, floral, seductive blend of roses, raspberries, cherries and blueberries. Full-bodied and lush, it should be consumed over the next decade or so." (WA)

"The entry-level Châteauneuf is the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards, which comes from younger vines throughout the appellation. It has terrific blackberry, blueberry, spring flower, and mineral aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness, terrific purity, and a clean, balanced, undeniably delicious style.

One of the old guards of the region, Château de Beaucastel is nevertheless one of the most progressive and forward-thinking estates out there. They have a wealth of old vine Mourvèdre planted in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and have purchased heavily in the cooler appellation of Gigondas. They’ve broken the lineup into their Château de Beaucastel releases for the estate wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and several additional cuvées released under their Famille Perrin label. Looking at the 2016s, these wines remind me of how the 2001s tasted on release. They are some of the finest wines in the vintage as well as ever made at the estate. These are classic, concentrated, yet perfectly balanced wines that will benefit from bottle age. In contrast, the 2017s are also brilliant but more forward and charming, and I suspect the preponderance of clay soils at this estate helped dramatically with keeping the vines ripening grapes as opposed to shutting down during this hot, dry vintage." (JD)