In a nutshell: A rich, textured and elegant Southern Rhône red that's just hitting peak performance.
The lowdown: Under the ownership of the Famille Perrin, the wines of this Gigondas estate are well worth seeking out. The 2012, of which there isnt very much left, was an excellent year and is now in the prime of its drinking period. It's made mostly from Grenache with a small amount (less than 10%) Syrah it has an impressive array of cassis, liquorice and dried herb aromas. It's fairly full bodied with a good minerality and excellent tannic stucture which keeps the rich, concentrated flavours in very good balance and leads to a dry and refined finish.
When to drink: A very suave, sophisticated and rewarding Rhône red.
Domaine du Clos des Tourelles situated just outside the village of Gigondas is a beautiful 17th century Provençal house which also has a 10 hectare walled vineyard planted mainly with Grenache with a little Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre as well.
The estate is part of the Famille Perrin group whose stablemates include the famed Château de Beaucastel from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Miraval the fashionable Provençal rosé and which has been run, since 1999, by Pierre Perrin son of Jean-Pierre Perrin, one of the founding brothers of the business.
They produce a range of wines that express the richness and terrior diversity of the southern Rhône. And using the same expertise and passion that goes into Château de Beaucastel they pride themselves in bringing out the true characters of each vineyard plot.