2017 Famille Perrin ‘Le Gille’ Gigondas
Rhone Valley, France
Made From: Grenache, Syrah
Tastes Like: Red Berries, Wild Flowers, Spicecake
With hundreds upon hundreds of top scores, numerous Wine Spectator Top 10 placements (including the #1 spot), and multiple Winery of the Year awards, the Perrin Family is one of the most respected producers in the industry today. Over the past 111 years, their flagship winery Château de Beaucastel has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence. And while their trademark Châteauneuf-du-Pape sets the bar for quality in the region, it comes with a (deservedly) hefty price tag at around $100 a bottle.
So what do you do if you want to experience that legendary Beaucastel quality at a more wallet-friendly price? Simple – look to the region that the Perrins themselves call ‘the next Châteauneuf.’
Situated in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, Gigondas boasts a hot climate tempered by cooling breezes that create a perfect environment for Grenache to grow. Vines here are planted in a distinctive combination of limestone and sandy soils, which create grapes with incredible depth and nuance. By using organic farming practices and the same expert winemaking skills that made Beaucastel famous, the Perrins are able to craft wines that show unmatched finesse and elegance – all at half the price of their Châteauneuf.
According to the Perrins, 2017 was “a year of all records” – the driest vintage in three decades, which resulted in low yields but fruit with extraordinary flavor concentration. The bounty of that harvest shines through in their 2017 Famille Perrin ‘Le Gille’ Gigondas, an incredibly elegant and complex bottling that earned an astonishing five 92+ Point ratings! This Grenache and Syrah blend offers delightful aromas of savory black fruits and dried flowers, backed by flavors dark red berries, pepper, and spicecake that lead into an extraordinarily long and nuanced finish.
“…The 2017 Gigondas La Gille offers a beautiful bouquet of savory red fruits, potpourri, dried flowers, and violets. Incredibly elegant, fine, and polished on the palate, it shows beautiful intensity with a Burgundy-like elegance and seamlessness.”
– 93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“In this wine hints of earth, crushed stone and restrained black cherry gain richness from nose to palate. Zesty, concentrated black-fruit flavors are backed by a firm strike of minerality and fiery, persistent tannins. This stately wine should open and improve now through 2030.”
– 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe raspberry and cherry, along with suggestions of allspice, garrigue and succulent flowers. Juicy, seamless and appealingly sweet, offering sappy red fruit preserve, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily with air. Shows the generous character of the vintage but there’s plenty of energy here as well. Finishes very long and smooth, with rising tannins and a strong echo of florality.”
– 93 Points, Vinous
“The medium to full-bodied 2017 Gigondas La Gille comes across as slightly floral and tea-like on the nose, backed by ripe cherries. It’s not as concentrated or structured as some vintages, seemingly more about harmony and drinkability.”
—92 Points, Wine Advocate
“A bright, slightly high-pitched style, with a mix of red and black currant flavors mixed with savory, lilac and chalky mineral notes. Offers a fresh and racy feel through the finish.”
– 92 Points, Wine Spectator
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