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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1997, Château de Beaucastel

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This 131ha domaine is one of the most important in the appellation and was one of the first to practise organic viticulture – no herbicides, insecticides or any other chemical.  Château de Beaucastel is also famed for using all 13 permitted grape varieties in its final blend.  Yields are low at 30hl/ha from vines that average 50 years old.
Type:
Vintage:
1997
Size:
75cl
Main Grapes:
Grape Mix:
30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 15% (Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bouboulenc, Roussane)
Genre:
Style:
N/A
ABV:
13.5%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now
Closure Type:
Cork
£64.00
 

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”.

Tasting Notes

A very interesting wine from a lesser vintage that shows what can be achieved. Almost Burgundian in style, quite elegant with some ripe strawberries and a hint of liquorice. The tannins are very rounded, there is the inimitable hint of garrigue and the finish is excellent.

Food Matches

Lovely with venison wellington with mashed potato, swede and parsnip.

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