Stunning Southern Rhône Valley red: the 2019 Vacqueyras ‘Les Christins’ from Famille Perrin’s ‘Les Crus’ wines managed by the celebrated Château de Beaucastel team: As served at the Michelin Star Ritz: case of 12 bottles delivered
93/100 – Natalie Maclean MW
When next you dine at The Ritz, look out for this beautiful 2019 Vacqueyras `Les Christins` on the wine list, a Famille Perrin ‘Les Crus’ wine from Southern Rhône Valley, it is delicious and will go perfectly with your red meat and game.
This is one of Famille Perrin’s special ‘Les Crus’ wines, chosen for their distinctive terrors and character and managed by the celebrated Château de Beaucastel team. It is a beautiful example of Grenache-based wine, with an impressive aromatic expression, structured body and great ageing potential. It is produced on 8 hectares of old vines with an average age of 50 years, situated to the south of the Dentelles de Montmirail where the soil is rich in clay and sand with stony terraces. This mix lends this Grenache-dominant wine a powerful intensity lifted by a supple and expressive red-fruit character. The Grenache develops a fleshy wine. Its typical aromas of chocolate, cherry and fig match beautifully with the Syrah’s violet, spice and liquorice.
The 2019 ‘Les Christins’ is a cuvée of superb complexity. Elegant, bright ruby-red in colour, this wine offers great complexity with superb aromas of ‘garrigue’ and red fruit. Full of richness, the palate is well balanced, with notes of fresh cherries and cocoa lifted with a hint of mint, and with a long, soft, silky finish. Drinking well now, clearly this cuvée can be kept for 10 years before being appreciated.
It seems that all the vintages with the number nine in the year are born under a lucky star, and this 2019 is no exception. The tasting panel highly recommend it, having tasted with the ideal match: venison, sautéed potatoes, onions and garlic. As one might expect, it can be ordered at The Ritz for £75 a bottle: to enjoy it at home, serve some to your favourite guests and cellar the remainder, the Club price is exceptionally beneficial at £19 delivered.
Notes Natali Maclean, ‘From the Vacqueyras, Famille Perrin Les Christins 2019 is a flavoursome Rhône red blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. Smoky, rich and full-bodied with layers of blueberry, plum, red berry, wild herbs, anise and pepper spice, finishing long with a kiss of chocolate.’ It goes beautifully with red meat and game, and particularly with pepper steak, roast beef and sausage cassoulet.
Case of 12 bottles. Code PV19LW15. RRP £300. CCUK Members £229. Free UK mainland delivery.