The Secret of Northern Rhone: Andre Perret - New Vintage Just Landed!

One of the stars of Condrieu, Andre Perret continues to turn out exemplary wines. He’s not shy about using barrels, but they’re generally older, leaving little mark on the finished wines. The two single-vineyard wines, Chery and Clos Chanson, are consistently near or at the top of the ratings. JOE CZERWINSKI, eRobertParker.com

 

Based just south of the town of Condrieu, Andre Perret continues to fashion some of the most profound Condrieu out there. In addition to his top single vineyards, don’t overlook his base Condrieu as it offers incredible quality and classic characteristics year in, year out. In addition to the Condrieu, he makes two elegant Saint Josephs that are closer in style to a Côte Rôtie than a Saint Joseph from the southern part of the appellation. JEB DUNNUCK, jebdunnuck.com

Because of Perret’s well-deserved fame as a white wine producer, he doesn’t seem to get enough attention for his Saint-Joseph. This wine’s elegance shouldn’t be a surprise, since talented white wine specialists, I believe, can usually be counted on to make graceful reds, thanks to a generally lighter touch than their red wine counterparts. JOSH REYNOLDS, Vinous. 

 

..In addition to his whites, he fashions elegant, almost Burgundian-styled reds from Saint Joseph that warrant more attention. JEB DUNNUCK
Andre Perret is in a class of his own, yet, surprisingly, remains somewhat of a secret of the Rhone. Lucky for us, I dare say, as the quantities are very limited.

Perret’s heritage is well woven in the vines of France. Before his immediate family settled in the Northern Rhone his ancestors worked the lands of Chassagne-Montrachet. Perret’s daughter, Caroline, joined the business in 2014 and, like many of those younger generations in the winemaking families, brought her well-travelled and youthfully tuned palate to the mix. These days you can expect a vibrantly fresh quality to these wines, which in my opinion, allows the classic Northern Rhone characteristics to shine through: floral freshness and textural elegance; that which distinguishes them from Hermitage to the South.

Syrah, Viognier, and Marsanne/Roussane – can’t get much better than this for the wintery months ahead of us! Please note the wines are available in tiny quantities. All orders will be honoured on a first in best dressed scenario. There are incredibly descriptive and informative reviews below under each product, which will give you the best idea of what you can expect in these wines. I’ll let the reviews speak for themselves.