Thursday, August 5, 2021

Famille Perrin Ventoux Rouge, 2019


I was a fan of Ventoux Rouge back when it was the poor country cousin of Cotes du Rhone. The cooler climate on the slopes of Ventoux provide a fresh acidity to go with the full bodied fruit flavors. As grapes from Ventoux have become more expensive, the Perrin family has had to look elsewhere for fruit to make its lowest priced wine, La Vieille Ferme. The Famille Perrin Ventoux is a step above in quality and price, but Plum Market in Ann Arbor recently offered this wine for a price ($6.59) usually reserved for La Vieille Ferme. A sensational bargain.

Deep crimson, bright and lively. Seems a bit shy when the cork is first popped but it fills out nicely as the meal progresses. Grenache red berry along with spicy notes from Carignan and Cinsault. Bright, lively fruit but with depth of flavor that is not expected from a wine at this price point. Has the peppery structure that I love in traditional Southern Rhone wines. Long finish. I bought half a case, wish I had bought more.

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