Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2017, Domaine Perrin

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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:
2017
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 40% other permitted varieties.
Genres:
Style:
N/A
ABV:
0.1%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Soft, fruity and smooth
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2024
Closure Type:
Cork
£24.99
 

Château de Beaucastel

Beaucastel is situated on the east side of Châteauneuf near Courthézon. The Domaine is owned by François and Jean-Pierre Perrin and consists of 70 hectares made up of 30% Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, with the rest being planted with the appellation’s ten other permitted grape varieties. In every way it sets itself apart from its local rivals; from an unusually low proportion of Grenache for today’s average Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, to the unique thermo-vinification process involving a short intense burst of heat during fermentation in order to aid extraction of colour and flavour from the grapes while killing harmful bacteria. These elements, and the Perrin’s unwavering determination for perfection, result in one of the Rhône’s most complex and long lived wines.

Tasting Notes

A great introduction to the 2018 vintage. Complex notes of garrigue, peppery spice and dark fruits all emerge from this nuanced, balanced wine that is drinking well already.

Food Matches

Pair with cherry glazed duck breast.

Vinification

Low yields of high quality fruit and aged for 6 months in large oak foudres.