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ABOUT THE PERRIN FAMILY
Paul Bravay planted his first Grenache vines between 1901 and 1902, on the slopes of Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) located in the Southern Rhone Valley, Southeast of France. Within the family, Paul passed on his vast viticulture and winemaking experience to his stepson Roger Perrin, who eventually inherited the family vineyard in 1968. In 1972, Roger built the family winery and went on to produce one of the finest CdPs in one of the most famous wine producing regions of the world.
His son, Luc Perrin, took up his apprenticeship with Chateau de Beaucastel, with history dated back to 1549 and the owner, also the Perrin family, is one of the most powerful and influential in the Southern Rhone region. However, due to the sudden passing of Roger while tending to his vineyards in 1986, Luc Perrin took over the helm of the family property. With his past experience, exceptional talent and connections, Luc rapidly became a winemaking star of the region in the mid-1990s, elevating Domaine Roger Perrin to a top tier CdP producer.
After the passing of Luc in 2010, his sister Veronique, together with her son Xavier, put in enormous efforts in continuing the extraordinary achievements and legacy of Domaine Roger Perrin. Not only the family prides itself for their prime century-old vines that produces remarkable quality fruits, they also invest heavily in employing modern organic techniques such as thermos regulations, using of nitrogen-oxygen binding for pumping over to reduce unnecessary oxidation, etc. Thinking ahead of time with modern technology and techniques, together with five generations of winemaking experience, Domaine Roger Perrin indeed is keeping up with all the top level producers.
ABOUT CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE PRODUCING REGION
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, meaning Pope’s New Castle, is located in the Southern Rhone Valley, Southeast of France. This was because in 1308, Pope Clement V shifted his papacy to the town of Avignon and the Avignon Papacy lasted for around 70 years. While wines from further north in Burgundy were often favoured more, much interest had been made to develop the wine producing areas surrounding Avignon, especially those close to the banks of the Rhone River. So much so that Pope John XXII who succeeded Pope Clement V supported the wines of this Rhone area that it was called “Vin de Pope” and eventually Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A castle was also commissioned by the Pope and eventually it became a remarkable symbol of the wine producing commune.
In order to combat wine fraud in the early 1900s, CdP became the first “protected designation of origin” of France in 1923, become Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC, allowing up to 10 grape varieties, which increased to 13 varieties in 1936, and 18 varieties in 2009. What makes the soil of Chateauneuf-du-Pape so unique is mainly the galet roules, round pebbles spread across the surface of the clay and limestone soil in the region. These rocks absorbed heat during the daytime and radiating it back to the environment when it is colder at night. Hence it helps ripening the grapes faster which is extremely beneficial to the Grenache grapes which will give a richly flavoured wine.
ABOUT THE “Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC”
It is a blend of mainly Grenache (70%), Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and three others, and was aged for 15 months. It has a complex nose of very ripe red cherries, black fruits, hints of spices, toasted oak and vanilla. Rich and generous, yet graceful and elegant on the palate, with beautiful balance that ends with significantly long finish.