2012 St Joseph, Maison Nicolas Perrin

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Nicolas sources Syrah grapes from Tournon and Mauves in the South of the appellation and Chavanay and St Pierre-de-Boeuf a little further to the north. The assemblage is aged for 10 months in one and two year-old barrels. The 2012 has attractive red and black berried fruit at its core and a fine, nicely etched, gently peppery finish. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer It is heartening to see how Nicolas Jaboulet, one the gentlemen of the Rhône Valley, has re-emerged after the purchase of his eponymous company by the Fray family. Joining forces with the Perrins of Beaucastel has proved to be a