The 16th century Château de Beaucastel was acquired by the Perrin family in the early 1900s. With a global following for their benchmark Châteauneuf du Pape, the wines at this historic property are consistently among the finest in the region.
Château de Beaucastel own 110 hectares, with one single plot in the north of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where they grow all 13 authorised grape varieties. The vines are farmed organically and are on average 50-years-old. They are planted on pudding stone soils, which are traditional to the Southern Rhône. These stones retain heat from the day and keep the vines warm at night, helping to ripen the grapes. The sub-soils are made up of sand, clay and limestone.
Spring was wet and cool and as a result there was risk of fungal diseases. Flowering was also affected by the low temperatures and decreased yields. Meticulous green harvesting was needed in the vineyards. The summer was also cool but thankfully it was dry in July, while August was dreary. The grapes were saved by an Indian summer and a drying north-east wind during late August and early September.
Each variety was hand harvested and vinified separately. The Mourvedre and Syrah were vinified in oak barrels, while the other varieties were vinifed in traditional tiled cement tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the different varieties were blended and the wine aged in oak foudres for 12 months before it was bottled.
This wine is deep ruby red in colour, with purple highlights. On the nose, there are aromas of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, figs and spicy notes. On the palate, it is well-balanced with round, ripe tannins. A powerful wine which will continue to improve with age.
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