That’s why Perrin & Fils occupies two of the five spots on our Top 5 French Red Wine Values, plus a spot on our Top 5 French White Wine Values list. If you’ve never tried a Perrin wine – shame on you, value wine shopper – today at Pearson’s in Glover Park you have a rare opportunity to taste an array of nine different Perrin bottlings, from the remarkably consistent affordable “chicken wine” to a $40 Châteauneuf du Pape (but not the Beaucastel, which is “on sale” at Pearson’s for $90 a bottle but won’t be open for tasting).
There will also be three step-up wines that may be worth splurging on, once you’ve tasted them. We recommended the $20 2009 Perrin Côte Du Rhône Vinsobres “Les Cornuds” just three weeks ago, when it was open for tasting across the street from Pearsons (and on sale for $16 a bottle). Having earned 90-93 points from Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker and 91 points from Wine Spectator, you’re likely to notice the difference between it and Le Vieille Ferme Rouge. But will it be two to three times better?
And the 2007 Perrin Châteauneuf du Pape Les Sinards, which earned 92 points from Parker and 90 points from Wine Spectator, has a few years of bottle age going for it, aside from its pedigree from the prestigious real estate in Châteauneuf du Pape. By all means, consider buying a bottle at $39.95 if you think it’s by far the best of the tasting. It’s always good etiquette to buy at least a few bottles when your local wine merchant pours so many good wines for you to taste for free. (But if you really like it, you can order another case of it from Schneider’s of Capital Hill for just $29.99 a bottle.)
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