2005 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per wine.com “Jean Pierre and Francois Perrin have taken particular care that this Cotes du Rhone meets their stringent standards of excellence. As proprietors of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Perrin family has demonstrated exceptionally high standards for nearly a century.

The Rouge originates from a significant portion of the Perrin’s own vineyards, including those at Château Grand Prebois. Produced from 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre, some of which are flash-heated using the same methods as those at Château de Beaucastel, the fruit is rich and jammy with peppery spice, concentration and intensity.”

What I Think:

This one was also written up on quaffability which encouraged me to finally give it a go after looking at it luke-warmly for so long…We have a typical Rhone GSM blend here (60/20/20) with light fruit on the nose followed by loads of spice and pepper. On the palate you get some cherry and blackberry before the spice takes over midway and merges into woody/barrel flavors for a finish. The last Rhone I’ve had from TJ’s was this Les Moirets from the same vintage. Which do I prefer? Not sure but both are nice. Next time I hit the store I’ll grab them both for a side by side tasting. Then I can definitively select a winner! Anyone out there have an opinion on which is better?

Rating: Buy It

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6 thoughts on “2005 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve

  1. This works well as a cooking wine, as well. I poured a bottle of the 2007 into a dutch oven with some leeks, carrots, celery and onions, then cooked it down as part of a stock for short ribs. Really nice.

  2. Now that I’m off my phone, here are the last three paragraphs of Eric Asimov’s NYT review of Côtes du Rhône wines:

    “The one wine in our tasting that reminded us of the Côtes du Rhône bistro wines of old was the Perrin & Fils Réserve, our No. 9 bottle. Why so low in the rankings? Those old-style wines were decidedly not ambitious. They did not offer much in the way of complexity or depth. They were simply wines that were a pleasure to knock back, without much thought. The fruit flavors show the ripeness that a warm vintage ought to display, without the jamminess that marred too many in our tasting.

    In some ways, the Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône demonstrates the folly of issuing scores to wines. Even though eight other bottles were ranked above it, I could not say that, at a simple dinner at home on, say, a Thursday night, I would choose one of those over the Perrin & Fils. Context is crucial.

    The Perrin & Fils reminds me of an old cartoon, from Mad magazine, if I remember correctly. Four pizza parlors are side by side on the same city block. The first one’s sign says, “Best Pizza in the City.” It has only one table of customers inside. The second says, “Best Pizza in the Country.” It has just two full tables. The third says, “Best Pizza in the World.” It’s completely empty. The fourth says, “Best Pizza on the Block.” It’s packed.”

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