Château de Beaucastel
Run by the Perrin family, Château de Beaucastel is one of the most important in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation and was one of the first to practise organic viticulture – no herbicides, insecticides or any other chemical. It is now farmed according to bio-dynamic principles, using all 13 permitted grape varieties in its final blend with the Mourvèdre variety being the most important, often accounting for a third of the final blend. The vinification process is rather interesting in that when the grapes arrive at the winery, they are heated rapidly in order to extract colour and aroma, whilst also killing bacteria. This is known as “à chaud” and is not widely used. After maturation in large oak foudres the wine is bottled with a light fining but without filtration.
When mature, the wines of Château de Beaucastel are quite spellbinding. A true “wine experience”.
The grapes are handpicked, carefully sorted and then destemmed, before vinification in temperature controlled vats for 15 days. Each of the 13 varietals are vinified separately before blending. The final blend is then aged in oak barrels for 1 year.
Beaucastel 2019 shows a persistent, deep colour. The bouquet is pure and very elegant with wild black fruit aromas, spices, floral notes along with a great freshness. The palate reveals rich aromas of blueberries and blackcurrant jam with silky. delicate tannins. The finish is powerful and harmonious, with excellent length. An impressive wine, profoundly complex, this is a great vintage of Château de Beaucastel.