Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rosé 2017

Medium copper color; raspberry, strawberry, violets on the nose; raspberry, redcurrant, tart cherry, blood orange, peach, plum on the palate.

Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rosé 2017

Extra dry; medium-body; fruit-forward; good acidity; 13% ABV. This is does not say rosé on the label, but it clearly is. Rosé fruits lead the initial attack, then come the tartness of redcurrant and tart cherry to provide lift on the mid-palate through the medium finish. Crisp, clean, rich, fresh, with an invigorating tartness.

Blend of cinsault, grenache, mourvèdre, syrah sourced from the Grand Prébois vineyard in the Côtes du Rhône French wine region. Made by Marc Perrin who also makes Miraval—Angelina and Brad Pitt’s rosé wine brand. Angelina and Brad still own Miraval after the divorce, noting they consider it “an investment for their children.”

From the website: “It is no coincidence Famille Perrin is the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley where they occupy the regions best terroirs. Their values have given them a worldwide reputation for excellence: absolute respect for the soil, a commitment to manual methods and a deep belief that organic viticulture is the only way to express the true essence of the terroir. Moreover the combination of talents within the family ensures the continuation of their unique expertise. Nature and tradition are key to the Famille Perrin way and this approach has continued seamlessly over five generations.”

Famille Perrin

Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rosé 2017 clearly is a value-for-price wine that truly delivers value-for-price. Amen for that, because not all such wines succeed. Today’s rosé wines in general deliver delicious fruitiness with balancing acidity, making them splendid aperitif wines and versatile food pairing efforts. This falls happily into that category, and it is why you should give it a sip. Pair with charcuterie; salads; fruits; raw vegetables and dip; sushi; baked chicken. Also can be enjoyed on its own and as aperitif. $11-14

Famille Perrin website

Château de Beaucastel, Famille Perrin
La Cave—tasting room for Famille Perrin
Famille Perrin barrel aging