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Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2013

COUD030
Coudoulet de Beaucastel is a sell-out success every vintage and this release is no exception. It comes from vineyards literally across the road from its Châteauneuf-du-Pape big brother and the terroir is almost identical. In fact, such is Coudoulet’s similarity to Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape that even the Perrin family, owners of the estate, refer to it as their ‘Baby Beaucastel’
Type:
Vintage:
2013
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
30% Grenache, 30% Mouvèdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault
Style:
N/A
ABV:
14%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Soft, fruity and smooth
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2020
Closure Type:
Cork
£19.99
 

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

Unlike many vintages of Coudoulet, this one is medium-bodied and fruit-forward, offering hints of cherries, mulberries and wild Provençal herbs. Those garrique notes linger on the softly dusty finish. Drink now–2023. Wine Enthusiast, Note : 91/100, 2016-09-01

Food Matches

Pair with cherry glazed duck breast.