2012 Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone Reserve
You really can’t go wrong with a wine that’s made by the Perrin Family, who is famous for their high end Beaucastel wines from France’s Chateauneuf-du-pape region (they also own Tablas Creek Winery in Paso Robles). And it’s really amazing when you find one of their bottles for only $8.49 which is how much this low end Cotes du Rhone was at my Costco; an easy drop in the cart.
So how did the entry level Rhone wine from this famed estate hold up? Pretty good for the price tag, I thought. It’s a standard Rhone GSM blend – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, and carries many of the staple Rhone characteristics. It’s a combination of red and dark fruit, with some pepper and spice, sticky dry finish, and would be a good wine with almost any type of cuisine.
As an avid fan (and small time collector I should add) of Beaucastel wines, this one is not a bad entry point and it is a nice everyday table red. If you enjoy this wine, there’s a lot to be explored upstream in the Rhone Valley.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points
Costco item number: 167123
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)