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The critically acclaimed Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2018
09 September 2020

Mourvèdre plantations in Châteauneuf offer an increasingly clear advantage to those growers lucky enough to have them in any kind of scale. The case for this great but unsung grape variety was made no more starkly than in 2018. A roller-coaster year of early rains and ensuing mildew that ravaged untreated Grenache crops, followed by intense mid-summer to early autumn heat and sunshine. The bio-dynamic Château de Beaucastel lost more than half of their crop thanks to this tumultuous late Spring. However, with a majority of Mourvèdre included in Beaucastel’s 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape, the Perrin family succeeded in making one of the wines of the vintage. Today sees the release of their 2018 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, an old-vines cuvée that is even more influenced by Mourvèdre – making up 60% of the final blend. The warmth and power of 2018 is evident in the Hommage, but so too is the overriding influence of Mourvèdre, tempering the warm and spicy Mediterranean fruit with a distinctly saline and dried herb character, whilst lifting the finish with a note of violet. This is a rich, layered Hommage aptly termed “flamboyant” by the Perrins, with huge savoury intensity providing balance to the ripe, dark fruit.

Hommage has received consistent critical acclaim over the years and unsurprisingly the 2018 is no exception:

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