Les Perrières exudes sweet, musky perfume of peony, heliotrope, and narcissus, with black raspberry and cassis scents leading to a richly-fruited, polished, incipiently creamy palate that at the same time preserves levity and refreshment. Hints of black tea, walnut oil, and crushed stone add further allure. There is density and structure at the heart of this, but it’s tannins are superbly refined and sublimated.
This is the Breton’s greatest red, from one of the most prized hillside parcels in Bourgueil. The terroir is siliceous clay and limestone, and old vines give very low yields of 20 hectoliters/hectare on average. The maceration is done in open wood vats and the fermentation and élevage is done in 550-L barriques, a variable percentage of which are new. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered after two full years in wood.