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Famille Perrin - Les Crus

Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille - 2017

The story

The vines grow on limestone, calcareous marl and sandy soils, giving the Grenache immense finesse and elegance with unique aromas. Some old plots of Grenache planted on sand have pre-phylloxera vines.

Ageing

The grapes are manually harvested. Upon arrival in the cellar, the grapes are sorted, crushed and vatted. The fermentation is quite long and the extraction is done by manual punching down. The maceration stage is long as this allows to soften and refine the tannins. This results in a very delicate wine. After the malolactic fermentation and blending, the wines are aged in oak Foudres and barrels for a year.

The vintage

This 2017 vintage will be remembered as the year of all records: the driest year in 30 years, non-interventionist vineyard work, optimal harvest conditions, a very small yield due to climatic hazards, and wines with very rich potential.
Back on this very technical vintage with great potential. 2017 began with a particularly dry and mild winter, resulting in a precocious vine. After a sudden drop in temperatures in the early spring with severe frost in several areas, temperatures rose again well above seasonal averages. The flowering was fast, with important and extensive shatter on Grenache and Carignan. The vineyard, however, remained very healthy. The summer was exceptionally hot and dry, leading to a very early start of harvest in mid-August. Harvest lasted until October 5 with ideal conditions, alternating hot days and cool nights. The cellar work was very technical and precise and the first tastings reveal wines with a great potential, very well balanced and aromatic that should be among some of our best vintages.

Famille Perrin - Les Crus

Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille - 2017

Serving

Serve at 16°C with a veal chop with morels or a crispy lamb breast.

Tasting notes

Gigondas 2017 is a wine with character, marked by the Grenache on sandy soil. Fresh and elegant, it is a supple wine that offers aromas of tapenade, black olives and onion.

Famille Perrin - Les Crus

Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille - 2017

Location

Located mid-hill, the Famille Perrin vineyard is amongst the most historical vineyards in Gigondas. It benefits from a flow of cold air which blows through the valley situated to the west of the village.

Terroir

Limestone, calcareous marl, clay and sand. The vines are planted on terraces, facing northwest.