Leon Perdigal was born in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, so it's safe to say he was born into wine. When Mason Ogier was founded in 1859, Perdigal was their first winemaker and the first to age their wine in oak barrels. As a result, Ogier became one of the most heralded wineries in the region.
He founded Leon Perdigal, which is now run by his fifth generation. However, the bond between Ogier and Perdigal has lasted for over a century as they still share the same winemaker in Armelle Barbanson.
Armelle has undoubtedly made a name for herself in this almost maledominated arena and as a result, so has Perdigal. She has retained the use of oak barrels, which adds a softer dimension to the wines and actually lowers the alcohol slightly. In other words, it's all good.
Our Cotes du Rhone is made precisely as Chateauneuf-du-Pape is made except a different area. Those areas could be next door, but the appellation draws a very serious line. The grapes here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault and could easily be considered Chateauneuf until one sees the price.
Les Collines translates to the hills, the finest part of their vineyard. This offering from the spectacular 2017 vintage is everything you could expect and more. Thunderous cherry, spice, licorice, and earth would rip through the saddle of lamb cooked on an open pit or a veal chop with porcini mushrooms.