André Perret is one of the leading producers of Northern Rhône whites. In particular, his Condrieus are considered to be among the very best of the appellation. André Perret took control of the family domaine (half a hectare) in 1982. Like many small vignerons of the northern Rhône, the Perret family were small-scale farmers, growing fruit and keeping livestock as well as tending their small plot of vines. Soon after taking control, Perret purchased a number of plots of Condrieu, together with some in St Joseph, increasing the size of their holdings to over 8 hectares.
This wine originates from south-facing slopes in Chéry, a vineyard near Vérin, just to the west of the town of Condrieu itself. Perret owns 3 hectares of the 4.8 hectare site. About a third of the wine is vinified in steel and the rest in old oak (varying from new to four years old).
Beautiful golden yellow in color. Aromatics of stone fruit, baked pear, honey, orange blossom and marzipan. Broad, rich and viscous on the palate with apricot, white peach, orchard fruit with some nutty characteristics as well as bay leaf, white pepper and Meyer lemon. Opulent, but not fat– precise and focused with lots of acidity and a prolonged finish. Listed at 15% alcohol, but not a touch of heat. A truly exceptional bottle of wine. Imported by Rovert Chadderdon Selections.
André Perret Saint Jospeh 2007