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This wine is a real showstopper. Incredibly complex, but not over-done. Rich, ripe and rounded on the nose, displaying white flowers, clove, nutmeg, soft white peach and a touch of aniseed. The palate has a warm, rich texture but the flavours are gentle and layered where the oak fits comfortably around the fruit adding impressive depth and concentration. Perfect pedigree.Lay & WheelerEven more impressive and coming from a single parcel of vines planted in 1909, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is an off-the-hook effort and certainly the greatest white produced in the Southern Rhone. Offering up exuberant and perfumed notes of marmalade, buttered citrus, orange rind and lavender, this full-bodied voluptuously textured white has knockout richness that’s balanced by gorgeous purity and freshness. Always showing brilliantly in their youth, this cuvee can shut down and be hard to judge when (or if) it will come back around. Per the Perrin family, every vintage goes through this stage and re-emerges at some point. You can drink them in their exuberant youth (which is my recommendation), or cellar them and hope for the best. 97 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate 31st October 2013
Ready 2018 - 2019
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