Andre Perret Merlot/Syrah Vin De Pays 2016, 75cl
André Perret's passion for vines made this Biology graduate return to this village, where he succeeded his father in 1982. The farmland, then mainly occupied by fruit-trees, was planted with vine-stocks and extended to 13 hectares.
André Perret is willing to preserve terroir and nature, even if this involves difficulties such as terrace cultivation of the vines on steep hillsides. He is also keen to avoid systematic treatments of his vines; pesticides are only used as and when required. Yields are controlled too, in order to achieve the quality and authenticity requirements that he himself has fixed.
André is known worldwide for his Condrieu white and Saint Joseph Red wine, this may merely be an 'vin de pays' but with the Andre Perret stamp of quality and terroir.
This delectable blend of merlot and syrah shines bright with deep colour. Developing fruity aromas reminiscent of plums, blackberries and spice, tannins are present but silky.
A basic wine on paper, although when lovingly crafted by Mr Perret the wine is head and shoulders ahead of its official wine classification.