Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2005, Château de Beaucastel, Magnum

BCAS165
As Neal Martin said "this is one beautiful Beaucastel"! Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a different wine than the Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape. It is only produced in the best vintages, the debut vintage being 1989. It is produced using a much larger percentage of old vine Mourvedre, which can be up to 60% of the blend, depending on the vintage. Whilst the blend varies from year to year the rule of thumb is 60% Mourvedre, 20% old vine Grenache, 10% Counoise and 10% Syrah. The grapes are destemmed and the wine is aged in an average of 12 to 18 months in used, French oak barrels. The grapes are vinified separately as is the press wine.
Type:
Vintage:
2005
Size:
1.5Ltr
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
60% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 5% Counoise
Style:
N/A
ABV:
14.5%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink now through to 2035
Closure Type:
Cork
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£955.00
 

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

"It has an exceptionally pure bouquet with plush, macerated red cherries, cranberry, raspberry and melted tar, all with superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of black plum, cassis, bay leaf and truffle all wrapped up in silky smooth tannins that do not put a foot wrong." Neal Martin

Food Matches

Try with cassoulet of white beans with braised pork, sausage and duck confit.

Press Comments

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - " A classic example of the vintage, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin is made from 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Counoise and Syrah. Inky colored, it offers an iron, beef-blood and gamey aromatic profile to go with gorgeous purity and focus on the palate. Reminding me of the 2010, yet even more firm and focused, this full-bodied effort will need another 7-8 years to start to show maturity, and will have upward of 40-50 years of overall longevity." 97+ (2/2015)

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