The Monumental 2016 Southern Rhône Vintage


The vineyards at Beaucastel, courtesy of www.beaucastel.com

The Rhône Valley has had more than its fair share of exceptional vintages over the past 20 years or so. You will have become used to seeing phrases such as ‘great vintage’ when Rhône En Primeur offers land in your inbox – some of you may have even become numb to such plaudits. Prepare to be inundated yet again with such superlatives because 2016 in the Southern Rhône is quite genuinely a monumental vintage.

The various Rhône experts have said things such as: “…closest in style to 1990, or even a hypothetical mix of 2010 and 2007.” (Jeb Dunnuck, via his new solo venture, JebDunnuck.com). Jeb’s replacement at the Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski, says that “…the early hype is justified…perhaps most similar to the reds from 2010 or 1990.”

When we tasted the Perrin wines, Marc Perrin was another to compare the vintage to 2010 and 1990. For us, the whole range screamed of a truly great vintage. One thing is for sure, there is a consensus of opinion that 2016 completely justifies any hype surrounding it and most are indeed comparing it to the great 1990.

Below is a list of the best wines from the Perrin stable, including the exceptional value Coudoulet Rouge, the delicious Vinsobres and Gigondas as well as the not-to-be-missed Beaucastel itself. Also included in this offer is the great value Châteauneuf from Domaine Sénéchaux as well as highly scored Piedlong and Vieux Télégraphe, both from Daniel Brunier.

Minimum order - £140
Offered En Primeur. Physically available late 2018/early 2019



2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Perrin

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Rhône2016Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Domaines PerrinBT270140.00cs16.5 FVAdd to Basket
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“Potentially the best Coudoulet I've ever tasted, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel tasted from foudre was singing. Sourced from 80-year-old vines just outside the Châteauneuf boundary, it's incredibly long and rich for a Côtes du Rhône. Black olives, blackberries and spices fill out the palate of this wine, which must surely be considered a bargain when released.”

91-93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


2016 Vinsobres Vieilles Vignes Les Hauts de Julien, Perrin

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Rhône2016Vinsobres VV Hauts de Julien, Domaines PerrinBT320195.00cs16.5 FVAdd to Basket
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“Spicy and smoky on the nose, with hints of barbecue, violets, blueberries and a light hint of black pepper. The palate is dense and concentrated but lifted by refreshing acidity. Firm yet ripe in tannins, there is a weight of structure to merit some bottle age before pulling the cork. The ample weight of blue and black fruits brings fruit intensity to match the tannins, and the sweet vanilla and smoky notes from underlying oak add another layer of complexity. This blend of Syrah and Grenache tastes more Northern than Southern Rhône and will receive extended ageing in 50% foudre and 50% oak barriques - half of which are new.”

16.5 points, Farr Vintners


2016 Gigondas Clos des Tourelles, Perrin

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Rhône2016Gigondas Clos des Tourelles, Domaines PerrinBT230285.00cs16+ FVAdd to Basket
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“A deep colour in the glass, this is a spicy, peppery, black-fruited wine in 2016 with notes of blackberry and soy on the nose. Made from 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The palate is rich with red and black plum, fine but structured tannins and clean acidity that lists the ripe fruit core. This is a big wine, but the fruit and structure are in balance, and there is a focused, albeit broad kirsch note that follows strongly through to the finish, supported by nutmeg, star anise and black pepper.”

16+ points, Farr Vintners


2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, Sénéchaux

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Rhône2016CDP Senechaux, Domaine des SénéchauxBT100240.00cs17 FVAdd to Basket
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2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Piedlong, Vieux Télégraphe

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Rhône2016CDP Vieux Telegraphe - Piedlong, Domaine Daniel BrunierBT100265.00cs94/96 JDAdd to Basket
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“Based on 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre that’s from both Pignan and Piedlong lieux-dits, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Piedlong offers a perfumed, almost Rayas-like perfume of strawberries, tapenade, seaweed, spring flowers and salty minerality. Full-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, it’s a brilliant wine.”

94-96 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com


2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, Vieux Télégraphe

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Rhône2016CDP Vieux Télégraphe, Domaine Daniel BrunierBT140450.00cs96/98 JDAdd to Basket
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“Moving to the grand vin, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is backward and dense, with a huge mid-palate, notes of framboise, black cherries, roasted herbs, nori, and spice, a thick, opulent texture, and yet no sense of weight or heaviness. With ripe, polished tannin and a blockbuster finish, it might just be the greatest wine from this estate to date.”

96-98 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com


2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, Beaucastel

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Rhône2016CDP Château de Beaucastel Rouge, Domaines PerrinBT166480.00cs94/97 JDAdd to Basket
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“Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful.”

94-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com


2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc

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Rhône2016Coudoulet Blanc, Domaines PerrinBT70180.00cs90 JDAdd to Basket
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“Leading off the whites and just bottled, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Coudoulet de Beaucastel offers terrific notes of citrus blossom and apple peel to go with a medium-bodied richness and depth. It's a rich, impressive Côtes du Rhône Blanc I'd happily drink over the coming 2-4 years, and readers interesting in checking out a high-quality white from the Southern Rhône should give this a try.”

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com



Minimum order - £140
Offered En Primeur. Physically available late 2018/early 2019