André Perret took control of the family domaine – just 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. In fact the main concern here was the orchard, but this is now very much a sideline business, because the quality of Condrieu coming from André Perret’s property is top-class. Tasting André’s superb wines is an unforgettable experience. However, there is always a reticent air about him and an unwillingness to accept praise for the nectar that lies in his immaculate cellars. He deflects most of the praise onto the steep vineyards he owns at Chavanay and the three hectare Coteau du Chéry, the pearl in his oyster. With such a small domaine expansion was vital, and soon after taking control André Perret purchased a number of plots of Condrieu, together with some in St Joseph, increasing the size of their holdings to over 8 hectares. The new acquisitions included two lieux-dits Chéry and Clos Chanson.
Aromatics of peach, white flowers with poached pear. On the palate, apricot, nectarine, honey with some light citrus notes and stony minerality. Rich but elegant.