In the ultra-rare, single vineyard, specialty cuvee Gigondas game, there's an important name to add to your list. These brothers are no stranger to the greatest terroirs of the area, their family having established roots in nearby Chateauneuf du Pape as far back as 1549 – their first parcel being that historical plot at Coudoulet. That's right, I'm talking about the Perrin guys from Chateau Beaucastel.
Guys like me (and a whole lot of you) – true Gigondas fanatics – have discovered killer parcels from outstanding estates, which embarrass 75% of the CDPs in the market today. For the past few vintages, we've found ourselves standing in long lines, trying to secure a precious bottle or two labeled with vineyard names recalling Old Latin phrases such as "Hominis Fides" and "Le Claux," or exotic Haitian names like "Souteyrades." And as their popularity has grown, the triple dollar price points on some of those exotics have begun to appear, too. Well, the Perrin brothers have something to say about that.
Enter the 2015 Gigondas l'Argnee Vieilles Vignes. If you've never heard of this one the parcel is less than 2 acres – but the vines are pre-phylloxera (in excess of 100+ years old, if you're counting) on limestone. The parcel is also uniquely located; at the southwestern end of the Gigondas appellation – the other players in the specialty cuvee game are more to the north or spread throughout Gigondas. This is indeed one of those truly isolated old vine parcels. And even with this, the Perrins continue to perform their rigorous selection process. The resulting yields shocked every grower in the zone.
Now imagine scoring that same rarity, pedigree, potential near-perfect score, from the family with the deepest roots in the zone, for a song.