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”.
Each varietal is hand harvested and then vinified separately in cement tanks before blending. Aged for 6 months in large oak foudres. The Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône 2019 is a wine with a beautiful persistent colour. The nose shows flavors of black fruit, Provençal herbs, leather and “garrigue”. Thepalate is full-bodied and balanced, almost mineral, with very nice tannins and an impressive length! A beautifully balanced wine, there is a beautiful affiliation with the great wine of Beaucastel…