The wine has a beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.
|Appellation||Côtes du Rhone|
|Varietal(s)||60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre.|
Perrin Reserve Rouge is sourced in the Domaines Perrin vineyards of Grand Prebois (40 hectares/99 acres) and Vinsobres (45 hectares/111 acres), leased vineyards and from grapes purchased from producers under long-term contracts. These plots are all managed and supervised by the Beaucastel team. The soils of the Grand Prebois vineyard and the adjacent leased land consist of limestone-clay and gravelly clay. At Vinsobres the terraces are rich in quartz and limestone marl.
Winemaking is carried out in the traditional process at the Perrin & Fils Winery.
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet".
The Beaucastels were among the more notable families of this little town and in 1687 Pierre de Beaucastel, was appointed "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV.
Two centuries later at the time of the phylloxera outbreak, the owner of Beaucastel was Elie Dussaud, companion of Ferdinand de Lesseps who constructed the Suez Canal. At that time the vineyard went out of production and it was not until 1909, when Pierre Tramier bought the property, that planting began again. Beaucastel was then passed to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, a scientist who made great progress with the vineyard. His efforts were built on by Jacques Perrin, who lived until 1978. Today the torch is carried by the sons of Jacques.