Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2015

Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2015
Beaucastel’s super cuvée is not just an Hommage to Jacques Perrin but an ode to the wonderful Mourvèdre grape, and shows just how integral this variety can be to the Southern Rhône’s greatest wines. It is famous for bolstering a wine’s structure and colour, yet more importantly lends vibrancy, mouthfeel, complexity and even, in the right hands, a certain finesse. For during this period of continued global warming, Mourvèdre serves to tame the increasingly heady Grenache.

The Perrin family’s “Hommage” is one of its greatest ambassadors. We saw this with the spell-binding 2014, touted by Parker’s Jeb Dunnock as the wine of the vintage. Next comes the hotly-anticipated 2015, which promises to eclipse its brilliant predecessor.

From June to mid-August 2015 the weather was bone dry, but thanks to some timely end of August rain and Beaucastel’s water-retentive clay soils a great vintage was in the making. Whilst all varieties were successful (Beaucastel’s Mark Perrin considers it “a textbook vintage where every grape was at its pinnacle”) the late ripening Mourvèdre was clearly at an advantage during the wonderful Indian summer.

A rare parcel selection blend of 70 percent Mourvèdre with Grenache, Syrah and Counoise making up the balance, the 2015 Hommage shows surprisingly delicate and high-toned floral notes on the nose. On the palate these ethereal, floral berry fruits are joined by intense, silky-smooth dark cherry, kirsch, cassis, black pepper and sandalwood characteristics. The great concentration, lively mouthfeel and razor sharp definition leave your taste buds utterly titillated and palate truly awakened . Production is very limited, only one “foudre” equating to 5,000 bottles was produced. We heartily recommend you jump at this chance.

"There’s just a single foudre of the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and this behemoth was clearly one of the most impressive barrel samples I tasted from the vintage. Inky colored, rich, thick and unctuous, with tons of blackberry and blueberry fruits, cured meats, pepper and garrigue, it’s a tour de force and I’m always amazed at the level of purity, concentration and depth the Perrin family is able to achieve with this wine. I know most people squirrel this cuvée away, but it offers incredible pleasure in its youth, as well (the 2009 and 2007 are insanely good today). Still, a decade of cellaring would be ideal.

This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage. They’ve certainly made the wine of the vintage in 2014 with their Hommage a Jacques Perrin release, and it defies the vintage characteristics. As to their 2015s, Marc Perrin commented during my visit that he’d never seen a vintage where ever variety excelled like in 2015. I was able to taste through all of the single varieties that will go into their Châteauneuf du Pape cuvées, and he’ll get no argument from me on that assertion. I’ve also opted to include their Famille Perrin Gigondas and Vinsobres releases in this report as well. The top cuvées from Gigondas (no Vieilles Vignes was presented this go around) are truly great wines; the Vinsobres Les Hauts de Julien is easily one of the top wines from the appellation and would pass undetected in a blind lineup of great northern Rhône Syrahs.” Jeb Dunnock, Issue 227 Wine advocate