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Domaine Perrin & Fils, Les Hauts de Julien, Vieilles Vignes, AOC Vinsobres, Red, 2015
France, Côtes du Rhone
750ml
$71.00
  • GlassMedium-Full Bodied
  • Thermometer16-18
  • GrapesGrenache, Syrah
  • ForkCheese, Red Meat, Cold Cuts, Appetizers, Grilled Poultry

A complex nose, with notes of crunchy black fruit, hot stones, Cocoa, grilled and sweet spices. This wine reveals elegant tannins, rich and finely chiseled, beautiful balance with a mineral tension giving a lot of persistence. Great wine!

 

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | 94-96 points

The 2015 Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien is a dead ringer for a Cornas from Clape. This inky colored beauty offers tons of blackberries, olive tapenade, pepper and even a hint of bacon fat to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, incredibly layered and pure style on the palate. As with the other 2015s from the Perrin family, its purity of fruit is truly special. Give bottles a few years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade or more. (JD) This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage. They’ve certainly made the wine of the vintage in 2014 with their Hommage a Jacques Perrin release, and it defies the vintage characteristics. As to their 2015s, Marc Perrin commented during my visit that he’d never seen a vintage where ever variety excelled like in 2015. I was able to taste through all of the single varieties that will go into their Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées, and he’ll get no argument from me on that assertion. I’ve also opted to include their Famille Perrin Gigondas and Vinsobres releases in this report as well. The top cuvées from Gigondas (no Vieilles Vignes was presented this go around) are truly great wines; the Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien is easily one of the top wines from the appellation and would pass undetected in a blind lineup of great northern Rhône Syrahs.

 

Jancis Robinson | 17+/20 Points

Meaty, peppery, rich - and very dark. Well-integrated spicy oak, heavyweight fruit intensity. Lots of grain and chew. Very serious, and with highly polished fruit intensity.  (RH) (10/2016)