Perrin, Roger

xavier-rolin-yvette-perrin-veronique-perrin-rolinDomaine Roger Perrin

Chateauneuf du Pape

This domaine was founded at the turn of the last century, but really came into its own when the late Roger Perrin took over from his father-in-law in 1969. In 1986 he was succeeded by his son wine-maker Luc Perrin, who continued to make dramatic improvements. Tragically Luc died at an early age in 2010. His sister Veronique Perrin-Rolin, a trained oenologist who had been working in Burgundy, and her son Xavier (trained in Macon) have assured his legacy.

The domaine is something over 40 hectares, in 61 separate lots. The production amounts to a total of 22,000 cases, of which Châteauneuf and Côtes du Rhône represent a quarter each, and table wine the balance. Much of the table wine is declassified appellation wine, concrete evidence of high standards.   read more

Châteauneuf du Pape
The Châteauneuf is produced from vines with an average age of 50 years. 85% of the soil is clay-limestone with the famous round surface stones called ‘galets’. 15% of the vineyard has a sandy clay soil, particularly good for fine tannins and aromatics. While yields are meagre, the wine is relatively forward, with a delicacy that in no way sacrifices complexity. Some have called them Burgundian, and others New World, but in every case they have garnered praise.
The cuvee is classic: 70-75 % Grenache; 10-15% Syrah; 6-8 % Mourvèdre; 5-6 % Cinsault and Clairette; and the remainder Counoise and Vaccarèse.
Côtes du Rhône
There are two cuvées, the regular and the Vieilles Vignes. The former is made up of 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 10% Syrah; the latter is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% other grapes.