Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier - 2012

Vin de France

When Syrah is blended with Viognier, you obtain a wine with more aromatic elegance and finesse. On the granite terroir of the Northern Rhône Valley, this blend gives freshness and body to the wine. The rather dry and hot 2011 vintage was characterised by a full-bodied wine with great maturity.


A fresh, delightful, unadorned style, with bright violet, white pepper, anise and damson plum notes. Offers a pure, mouthwatering finish.

Supple and full bodied, this is ripely flavored wine with cassis, black licorice, plum, cooked meat and rosehips aromas/flavors. Long, slightly rugged finish.

A tag team effort between legendary Rhône families, Jaboulet from the north and Perrin from the south, has resulted in a collaboration focussed on small-batch wines sourced from top growers and sub-appellations around the region. The Syrah offers classic earthy, meaty character loaded with spice, while the Viognier fleshes things out with a splash of stone fruit. Grill up some lamb and go to town.

The entry-level range is labelled by grape variety rather than appellation. Touch of white pepper, blackcurrants, accessible, hugely enjoyable.

Moving to the reds and a ripe, textured blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier, the 2012 Syrah Viognier offers pretty, classic northern Rhone like notes of violets, plum and hints of meatiness in its fresh, elegant and supple profile. It delivers loads of Syrah flare for not much buck. A collaboration between the Perrin Family, of Beaucastel, and Nicolas Jaboulet, of the Jaboulet family in the northern Rhone, this lineup is made mostly from purchased grapes (The Perrin’s own some of the vineyards in Crozes), with the wines made using Beaucastel barrels in the north, and blended at the Perrin Family winery in the south. They are all well-made, high quality efforts.

Bright violet. Wild, funky aromas of smoke-accented dark berries and cherry pit, with a hint of black pepper. Very syrah, and veering strongly to the animal side, with spicy black and blue fruit flavors that become sweeter with air. The gaminess fades on the finish, which is framed by silky tannins and lifted by repeating pepperiness. Not for everyone but fans of old-school Rhone wines will find plenty to like here.