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Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a testament to the legacy of Jacques Perrin, a true visionary in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A pioneer in both embracing and refusing new possibilities, he was first to replant all 13 grape varieties, he was a pioneer in his winemaking, but equally visionary in refusing to use chemicals in his vineyard, turning instead to organic and then biodynamic viticulture, decades ago.
Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a truly unique wine, a blend built around very old vines of Mourvedre, planted at the nothern edge of the property, itself at the northern edge of the appellation.
First crafted in 1989, to unanimous acclaim, this cuvée is only produced in vintages that meet the family's exacting standards. 2014, like almost every vintage of Hommage, will be for the patient ones. It is a vintage of compelling freshness, finesse, and elegance. A refined, almost delicate Hommage, rather than a flamboyant one, reminiscent of 2001 rather than 2007.
Production is extremely limited, to less than 6000 bottles. In 2014, it was even less.
Parker 100 points: I have had the 1989 Hommage a Jacques Perrin four times since bottling and it is a profound wine in every sense. The dense, saturated, almost opaque black/purple color suggests super-ripeness and intensity. The nose has lost nothing since bottling, offering up huge, smoky aromas filled with scents of minerals, licorice, black fruits, and even an intriguing floral component. In the mouth, the wine is exceptionally full-bodied and tannic, as well as awesomely concentrated and magnificently well-balanced. While less flattering to drink than the 1989 regular cuvee, it is unquestionably one of the greatest red wines I have ever tasted. Anticipated maturity: 1998-2025.