It is no coincidence Famille Perrin is the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley where they occupy the region’s 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.
The “Domaine des Tourelles” is located at the foot of the village of Gigondas. The vineyard is orientated north west and enjoys a cool microclimate which allows late harvests. Formed of 10 hectares of Grenache (80%), Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, the vineyard of Les Tourelles is located on limestone and sandy soils that are outstanding in the “Clos”, a locality planted in old Grenache vines directly next to the estate and the village of Gigondas.
There’s roughly 6,000 bottles of the 2014 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles, and like the Vieilles Vignes release, it’s up near the top of the hierarchy in Gigondas. From a true walled vineyard located just inside the village, this inky colored Gigondas is another stunningly concentrated effort that offers ample cassis, currants, toasted spice and building minerality on the nose. Beautifully pure, elegant and seamlessly textured, I suspect it will be reasonably approachable on release, yet will be better with 3-4 years of cellaring and have 15-20 years of overall longevity. [93-95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – March 2016, robertparker.com]