Maison Nicolas Perrin Saint-Joseph Rouge - 2007

AOC Saint-Joseph



Ashy, white pepper-flecked nose, partnered by drops of iodine and ink - classic northern Rhône. This character carries on in the mouth, although with more concentration and punch thanks to a blossoming of purple, brambly fruit.

Still a touch tight, with racy acidity carrying the mix of blackberry, red currant and spice cake notes, while a briary edge frames the tangy finish. Should flesh out nicely with brief cellaring.

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 !

Deeply coloured, ripe tasting syrah to be drunk now with a juicy steak. This wine represents a joint venture between Nicolas Jaboulet and the Perrin family of Beaucastel. Meat, black pepper, olives, lovely texture to the tannins, just enough grip and accessibility. Long finish. Will last.

Saint-Joseph too often tastes like a bit player on the northern Rhône stage, lacking the depth of flavor and peppery pungency that distinguish the best wines from more prestigious appellations. This wine, however, is a true star. It offers pungent dark fruit flavors that are enhanced by echoes of black pepper and cooked meats, and it deliciously long on the palate. Maison Nicolas Perrin is a new partnership between the Perrin Family of Château Beaucastel fame and Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly sales director for Paul Jaboulet Aîné (which was sold to the Frey Family of Bordeaux's Château La Lagune four years ago). This initial release constitues a very promising beginning.

A supremely pretty and elegant version of Saint-Joseph, with perfumed cherries, crushed stone and floral notes, this is a medium-bodied wine that seems almost weightless in the mouth, inviting another sip.