2007 Perrin & Fils 'Les Cornuds', AC Vinsobres
Ahh, back to France. You know, whenever I lose faith in wine, say, after a string of mediocrity, I turn back to France, to regain confidence. Vinsobres, one of the Cru of the Côtes du Rhône. One of my favourite villages in the area, whose wines show great density and balance. No one needs an introduction to the wines of Perrin & Fils. This cuvée, Les Cornuds, is the entry level, with Les Hauts de Julien being the more upscale. I have vintages of both, and it'll be interesting to see if the wine that costs thrice as much will offer 3X the pleasure.
An honest wine. Ripe fruit, that characteristic savoury quality, and an elegance that sometimes is lacking in hotter vintages. Wines from this area can have a savageness, which I absolutely adore - 2007 shows a bit more of a refined character. A beautiful wine, balanced and showing wonderful regionality.