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”.
Lovely dense blackberry Mourvedre fruit on the nose with copious quantities of pure fruit on the palate too. Wonderfully intense with great balance and dexterity, crisp acidity and fine ripe tannins.
Lovely with venison wellington with mashed potato, swede and parsnip.
JANCIS ROBINSON 18/20, WINE ADVOCATE 94-96/100
JANCIS - Very dark crimson. Vibrant colour is almost black. Black olives and smoked bacon. Extremely vibrant on the nose too. Luscious ripe fruit on the front palate almost completely covers the tannins. Really quite remarkable. What a different wine from the 2011! Sumptuous.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobsinson.com - Jan 2014
WA - This is also a great vintage for the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape. Beautifully rich and layered, with fantastic concentration and ultra-fine tannin, it delivers impressive aromas and flavors of dark fruits, licorice, mineral, and plum. Dense and rich, yet with perfect ripeness and bright acidity, it should end up being a classic example of Beaucastel and have two decades of longevity.