Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras Les Christins 2007 (Vacqueyras, Sthn Rhone, France)
14.5%, Cork, $45ish
This was drunk whilst watching the Sydney Swans win a fortnight ago, a much stronger performance than the lame performance against Hawthorn last weekend. Damn you Swannies…
This is a beast of a wine. A thick, rich and dark red with seriously concentrated, dark Grenache fruits. It smells of little berries, unirrigated vines and a warm season, of serious density and latent power and old vines. It smells of it’s place, of it’s vintage and of it’s style. The main impediment is that it’s just too dessicated, dark and drying, heavy with blackness and roasted black fruit.
Still, no disguising the quality of the components. It’s too ripe – and quite modern and rich – but that dark cola fruit is pretty awesome. Would love to see it in a less roasted vein.