..Another great visit the other day from the northern Rhone by Nicolas Jaboulet. Nicolas, who hails from the famous family firm of Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné (and left the company in early 2009), has teamed up with the Perrin family of Beaucastel fame in a new joint venture entitled Maison Nicolas Perrin. The project seeks to showcase the unique terroir, qualities wines of the northern Rhone.
When I met up with Nicolas, he was in the midst of an ambitious travel itinerary through the United States in order to introduce and promote this select portfolio of wines. One of these stops included the Hospices du Rhône out here in California.
Maison Nicolas Perrin will produce cuvées of 3-12,000 bottles, from selected vineyard sites and appellations throughout the northern Rhone. The wines will then be blended and bottled in the Perrin winery in Orange.
On this particular day, we tasted through the following wines. Overall, I found the entire range to be quite elegant, accessible and well priced. Each wine showcased perfectly the different style and characteristics of each appellation. They are a great addition to what the northern Rhone already contributes to the wine world. I will certainly be featuring one or two of them in future Rhone tastings.
Please click on each wine below for a more information and a detailed tech sheet.
Next up: Domaine Ogier