2010 Famille Perrin "Domaine du Clos des Tourelles" Gigondas (Elsewhere $80) SKU #1299891


RP 92-94 VN 93 WS 92
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No standard Gigondas, this winery is an incredible historic estate that was purchased by none other than the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel fame. The property itself dates back to medieval times and the current Provencal home was built in the 17th century. The property is made up of 10 hectares planted predominantly to Grenache with bits of Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre in the mix. The Les Tourelles vineyard is located at the foot of the village where they have their oldest vine Grenache surrounded by an ancient wall (a "Clos" in French). The grapes are fermented "whole-cluster" with native yeasts and aged for 15 months in large oak casks. The wine is bottled without filtration. As with all Perrin wines this wine was built to age but with a few years of bottle age on it now, the wine is beginning to show its stuff. (Keith Mabry, Rhone Buyer)

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Alex Pross and I were in the Rhone Valley back in March doing some procuring for K&L and one of our best visits was with the Perrin Family's various properties. It was both our first visit to Chateau de Beaucastel, the flagship property, and it did not disappoint. The winery is both historically interesting and as far as production goes, immaculate. It's no surprise that they consistently make one of the best wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We followed that visit with a drop in to the Perrin's other wine production facility just outside of Chateauneuf for a broad tasting of all their other wines. We finished our tour by heading to one of two Perrin restaurants in the middle of the village of Gigondas. On our way into town we had a quick look at the Clos des Tourelles vineyard as you cannot miss it when entering the village. I bring this up because, the Perrin family does not do anything by half measures. Their commitment in the south of France on Miraval is excelling. Beaucastel continues to be the benchmark property in Chateauneuf du Pape. Their appellation wines under the Famille Perrin label are each top renditions of their respective terroirs, Both restaurants in Gigondas are exceptional from their basic wine bar "Nez!" to the finer dining "l'Oustalet." So, when Perrin decides to procure one of the top vineyards in Gigondas, you have to know that the end result will be something truly special. The first commercial vintage of this wine produced is the 2010. Not a bad vintage to start with (it's actually a pretty terrific vintage). We found a stash in the importer's warehouse and made them what seemed to be an insane offer on a take all deal. Wanting to move forward to subsequent vintages, they said "yes." Aside from an exciting price, the key component on our side was to see where the wine stood in its evolution. A quick pull of the cork and the wine was on fire. With a few years of bottle age, the wine has developed great complexity, showing layers of sweet black fruit, exotic spices and burnished leather. Structurally, this wine still has at least another decade plus of evolution ahead of it, but now is a great time to check-in for you earlier drinkers. Much like their Beaucastel property, Domaine du Clos des Tourelles will represent what is sure to be a new benchmark wine for Gigondas. And like all the other Perrin projects, there are no half-measures, only great wines.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    A back vintage from one of my favorite southern Rhone appellations by the renowned producer of the Beaucastel line? I had a feeling this would be good, and it is! The richness of the vintage is evident with robust, savory, ripe strawberry and raspberry jam flavors, with fully integrated wild herb and garrigue notes. It has great weight and richness on the palate and just the right amount of acid to cut all that rich fruit. A+ for style, structure, drinkability, and further aging potential.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    Most of the time when I sit down to write about a wine it is a bit young and could use at least a few more years in the bottle in order for it to truly shine, for once I actually get to review a wine that is in a perfect drinking window! The 2010 Famille Perrin “Domaine de Clos des Tourelles” Gigondas is a fantastic wine, seductive aromas of fig jam, black licorice and spice cake deftly rise from the glass. Richly-textured on the palate this full-bodied wine displays gorgeous black fruit, plum, cola and spice flavors with silky tannins and excellent grip. The finish is long and supple with lingering notes hanging on the finish for 30+ seconds. An absolute steal for under $50.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm starting to get more and more used to 2010 Southern Rhones. In unbelievable vintage conditions, a serious wine like this gets kicked up a notch into totally different territory. The aroma has a huge amount of depth. On the palate, the structure really takes over. Tannin is hitting every corner of your palate, with acid jumping around the spots in between. This is a proper wine. A tightly coiled spring, packed with flavor that will go, and go, and go. An great example of what is capable in the Southern Rhone with ideal growing conditions. A total powerhouse of a wine that is sure to impress seasoned drinkers.
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    A solid example of Gigondas, with notes of cloves, licorice, lilacs and berry fruit, this has some rustic tannins and a fuller body. This can pair lovely with pork shanks and steak alike.


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