Maison Nicolas Perrin Ermitage Rouge - 2007

AOC Ermitage



Une collaboration entre deux grandes familles de la vallée du Rhône, Nicolas Jaboulet, originaire de la partie septentrionale et les frères Perrin, issus de la vénérable famille chatelneuvoise, propriétaires du château de Beaucastel. Le but de leur projet est de réunir leurs expertises en assemblage et élevage des grands vins de la vallée, en produisant des cuvées amples et généreuses sur des appellations légendaires comme l'Ermitage, Côte Rôtie et le Saint Joseph. Nous trouvons ce partenariat très prometteur et attendons avec impatience l'évolution de ce projet innovant." Ermitage 2007 Rouge/ 2011 à 2015 15,5/20 Le vin est tendu, avec une belle minéralité, de la chair, avec un boisé intégré et harmonieux.

This wine is easily the best of the first crop of releases from Maison Nicolas Perrin, a self-described “boutique negociant” that is a cooperative venture between the Perrin family (famous for Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Nicolas Jaboulet. It shows serious richness and concentration, with impressive structural balance between ripe softness and tannic grip. What is most impressive, however, is the complexity of the aromas and flavors, which show lovely fruit notes recalling dark berries and cherries that are accented with notes of smoked meat, woodsmoke, sautéed mushrooms and spices. Already delicious with food, this will become considerably more complex if you can keep your hands off of it for another three or four years--which won’t be easy after your first taste of it.

Their adventure should have been called “Jaboulet-Perrin” or “Beaucastel-La Chapelle” but when the family business is sold by one of the partners and bans them to use their patronymic, they came up with “Maison Nicolas Perrin”. This young negociant company is therefore the partnership between two major heirs : Nicolas Jaboulet (ex Director of Maison Paul Jaboulet & Fils) and Marc Perrin (Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape). In 2008 these two men from the Rhône Valley get together to mature and sell wine. Their mission is to locate quality plots of Syrah, create partnerships with the winegrowers and follow the winemaking process. The wine is barrelled at the winegrowers and then blended and aged in the Perrin cellars near Orange. Marc blends and Nicolas manages the sales and administration. They are very selective and only work with a dozen of barrels (35 000 bottles in 2010). Bring on the next selections !

A very polished, juicy style, with blueberry and blackberry fruit laced with licorice and fruitcake notes. The long, round finish is more exuberant than concentrated, though there's good length.