Perre-Jean Villa has established himself in a few years as one of the most gifted winegrowers of his generation, creating his domain by the strength of the wrist and especially the pick. Perre-Jean Villa is now one of the greatest winegrowers in the northern Rhône.
This is the first red cuvée of the domain, a wine with a terrific core of Syrah fruit, and it sets the tone (hence its name). At roughly 12,000 bottles, it’s the largest production. The vines grow in the northern, cooler sector of the appellation, the wine is made in a mixture of 225-liter and 600-liter barrels, all older, and the élevage goes for 12-13 months (which will probably increase in the years ahead). The vineyard parcels total two hectares, or five acres, and normally as much as 30% of the grapes--especially those from the old vines of Serine--are fermented with stems.
Brilliant violet. Spice-accented black and blue fruits, succulent flowers and smoky minerals on the perfumed nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and more lively on the back half. The floral note comes back on a spicy, very long finish framed by smooth tannins. Date Tasted: April 2018 Rating: 91 Points; Josh Raynolds; Vinous
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