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Cookery workshop at Beaucastel : Finding a match for Cairanne « La Peyre Blanche »

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009 Wine Business

The latest research carried out at Beaucastel’s kitchens is on Perrin’s Cairanne « La Peyre Blanche ». Cairanne’s terroir is made up of Clay and limestone. The clay brings substance to the wine whereas the limestone brings freshness. Our Chef chose to cook a pigeon as the dense texture of this bird blends perfectly with the fleshiness of the wine. The pigeon is covered in bay leaves and then cooked in white clay from Cairanne. This takes the wine back to its origins; the South!

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Gary Vaynerchuk & Marc Perrin on Le Web 08 conference

Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2009 Wine Business

Gary Vaynerchuk hosted video podcast on Wine Library TV, featuring wine reviews and advice on wine appreciation. Vaynerchuk himself has been described as "the first wine guru of the Web video era." Gary & Marc were invited by Loic Lemeur for doing an unique wine tasting (live on the Web) to cloture the Web 08 coference in Paris. On the first part of the video Gary Vaynerchuk explains us his business model. In the second part of the video Gary Vaynerchuk and Marc Perrin are tasting on live Chateau de Beaucastel Blanc 2007 and Chateau de Beaucastel Rouge 2006. I have never seen a wine tasting like that...and you? Technorati Tags: beaucastel, perrin family, rhône

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Wine and cheese parings

Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009 Wine Business

PERRIN & Fils, "Les Cornuds" AOC VINSOBRES pairing with Mimolette cheese on morning's episode of San Antonio Living. Technorati Tags: perrin family, rhône, vinsobres

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PERRIN & Fils: Best winery of the year by the Wine & Spirits Magazine

Date: Fri, Dec 19, 2008 Wine Business

" A great winery, in our estimation, should consistently turn out wines that are not only delicious, but also clearly express their particular regions" WINE & SPIRITS magazine, Buying guide 2009, WINTER 2008 Technorati Tags: beaucastel, contact, perrin family, rhône

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PERRIN & Fils Gigondas "La Gille" 2005 #39 in Wine Spectator top 100

Date: Thu, Dec 11, 2008 Wine Business

"Dark and smoky, with alluring cocoa powder, mesquite and bacon fat notes leading the way for rich black currant, melted licorice and espresso. The long, smoldering finish shows a nice wild side. Impressive now, but better with some cellaring. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2014"-JM 93pts Technorati Tags: contact, philosophie, rhône

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PERRIN & Fils Gigondas "La Gille" 2005 #39 in Wine Spectator top 100

Date: Thu, Dec 11, 2008 Wine Business

"Dark and smoky, with alluring cocoa powder, mesquite and bacon fat notes leading the way for rich black currant, melted licorice and espresso. The long, smoldering finish shows a nice wild side. Impressive now, but better with some cellaring. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2014"-JM 93pts Technorati Tags: contact, philosophie, rhône

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A food match by François Chartier with La Vieille Ferme Red 2006: we have tried it!

Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008 Wine Business

François Chartier a renowned journalist and Sommelier wrote this on www.Cyberpress.ca website on the 29 October 2008 : "If you are a fan of roast lamb, then you should try this. Stuff the leg a shoulder of lamb with pureed black olives and serve it with the surprising blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre of the famous La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux Rouge 2006. It is hard to miss this one even in a vintage like 2006. Less complexity and less deepness than the 2005, this wine is aromatic, juicy with strong tannins that will disappear if you decide to serve it with a meat served with Olives." …and we liked it! The match with black olives is obvious and gives the wine a sensation of intense red fruit. A real pleasure! At Beaucastel’s kitchens, we tried a roasted farmed chicken with garlic, the match works but the olives were missing! Soon these two recipes will be online. LD http://www.francoischartier.ca/fchartier.php?PHPSESSID=c46699fa37189ca7dbb211b5511a2ff2

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Gigondas Vieilles Vignes

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2008 Wine Business

We have just harvested our small parcel of pré-phylloxérique Grenache (old vine) in Gigondas....

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Haverst 2008: Tuesday Oct. 14th

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2008 Wine Business

Harvest is progressing and most of our appellations have now been harvested: Cairanne, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape... Only Vinsobres which is 20 km north of Châteauneuf du Pape is left to be harvested. As the vineyard is situated at 300 metres altitude, the maturity of the grapes is much later in this terroir. Also Syrah, a northern varietal, does really well growing at this altitude. In Gigondas we finished harvest last week with the Grenache from le "Clos" at the Domaine des Tourelles, our new property. Although it is too early to say, this plot seems to produce some Grenache with extreme finesse - keep an eye out for this one! Once again, the Mistral has played an important role this year especially at the beginning of the month of September when it dried out the crop after the storms. Cool nights and sunny days have allowed us to pick good quality grapes in 2008 although yields remain low. And now the work in the cellar can begin where we shall put all our efforts to ensure each wine expresses the best of the terroir. Technorati Tags: beaucastel, rhône, terroir, vinification

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Harvest 2008 2008: Friday Sept.26th

Date: Fri, Sep 26, 2008 Wine Business

The good weather is still with us despite some cooler temperatures. Most of the Châteauneuf du Pape Syrah is now in tanks. Today we picked some of the early ripened Grenache at Beaucastel and our plot just under the castle of Châteauneuf that we use for the Perrin & Fils Les Sinards. We are continuing harvest in Cairanne and we have finally started harvest in Vacqueyras by picking some Syrah. Despite a busy week, we will be harvesting this weekend! . Technorati Tags: terroir, vinification

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Harvest 2008: Tuesday Sept. 23th

Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2008 Wine Business

As every day, the first thing we do in the morning, is check the over night evolution of the fermentations in each tank. This photo shows us checking one of the Syrah fermenters that was harvested last week. The reading at 7.15 this morning was a density of 1020 and a temperature of 24°C. The weather forecast for the next few days is still excellent which makes us think that we shouldn't hurry. Today we are harvesting the Clairette and the Grenache noir from the Coudoulet. At Perrin & Fils, we have decided to send a small team to pick the Grenache for our Perrin & Fils Les Sinards, AOC Châteauneuf du Pape while another team will go to Cairanne to pick the Syrah. See the photo of the beautiful village of Cairanne.

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Harvest 2008: Monday Sept 22th

Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2008 Wine Business

We start a new week of harvest with beautiful forecast as you can see... Today we continue to pick few Syrahs at Beauacstel started last week for our Chateauneuf du Pape. In the same time an other team go to the North in Vacqueyras to harvest some Syrahs for our Perrin & Fils "les Christins". See below a nice map of our Crus in the South of Rhône to understand the geographical aspect of the harvest. We usually start South to North following the ripeness and the differences of temperatures. Vinsobres which is completely on the North is normally the last Crus that we pick...

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First week of the 2008 harvest

Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2008 Wine Business

2008 started off badly. We had a lot of rain during the summer and even at the beginning of September. Mildiou was controlled but we were worried that we would get more rain but then the Mistral started to blow on the 11th September. It was a very strong Mistral and it blew for 5 days with an average of 35-40km/hr and gusts of 80km/hr. This kind of weather that makes winemakers happy but drives holidaymakers crazy dried out the ground and the grapes very quickly and saved the first week of the harvest, see detail bellow. It is too soon to come to any kind of conclusion on the vintage but if the weather remains stable we shall be producing some lovely wines. The yields will be low due to the wet weather we had at the moment of the flowering of some of the varietals. Monday Sept. 15th The mistral blew all weekend and is still strong today. Temperatures are falling : 14°C in the morning : 21°C in the afternoon These are ideal temperatures for harvesting the whites and the reds before fermentation We started at 8am today with a small team of harvesters: - Syrah from Coudoulet - Grenache from Laudun (North East of Châteauneuf du Pape) for our Perrin Réserve, AOC Côtes du Rhône Tuesday Sept. 16th The Mistral is still blowing! and the temperatures are identical to yesterday. - We finished harvesting the Syrah from Coudoulet - We then followed the day with the Old Vines of Roussanne (3 hectares) and some slightly younger ones for our traditionnal Château de Beaucastel White. - Finally we ended the day harvesting the small plot that we farm next to the Castle in Châteauneuf du Pape. These grapes are used in Les Sinards blanc, Perrin & Fils, AOC Châteauneuf du Pape. Wednesday Sept.17 The intensity of the Mistral has reduced. We decided to harvest part of the Grenache from Coudoulet that has matured Thursday Sept. 18 Today the wind has stopped, the sky is cloudy but it's not raining. The temperatures are seasonal with 23°C in the afternoon We decided first thing this morning to finish the plots of Château de Beaucastel White: Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Picardan and the younger Roussanne. We also started harvesting the Syrah at Beaucastel for the Châteauneuf du Pape.

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