Purchasing a wine from this family is about as close to a guarantee of authenticity and high quality as one can expect” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate
Château de Beaucastel, one of the most famous in Châteauneuf du Pape, was purchased by the Perrin family back in 1909. Creating cellar worthy wines, Beaucastel is priced out of reach for most wine drinkers running at least $75 a bottle.
If you don’t want to shell out the money for a bottle of Beaucastel, there are some other options to check out what the Perrin family produces.
Based in Paso Robles, Tablas Creek is a partnership between the Perrin Family and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands. The partners chose the 120 acre property in 1989 for the similarity of climate and high pH soils found in the Beaucastel vineyards.
To closely replicate the quality of Chateau Beaucastel, vinifera cuttings were imported in 1990. The USDA mandated a three year process to ensure viruses were not being imported and planting took place in 1994.
New cuttings and clones continue to arrive at Tablas Creek each year so the partners can select the most optimal clone for the site.
Recommended wine: 2008 Tablas Creek Cote de Tablas, retailing for ~$27-30. Grown organically on the estate vineyard. A blend of 42% Grenache, 21% Syrah, 20% Counoise, and 17% Mourvèdre.
Perrin & Fils
In addition to the Beaucastel vineyards, the Perrins own over 1000 acres in the Southern Rhône. Under the Perrin & Fils label, they have focused on applying the same rigorous standards found at Beaucastel when producing wines from these smaller estates.
The Cotes du Rhône line includes wines with exceptional value; all under $30 and most under $20.
Recommended wine: 2009 Perrin et fils Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge, retailing for ~$13. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.