Château de Beaucastel 2018

BCAS250
Matured in 500hl/ha oak foudres and bottled without filtration, this is one of the iconic domaines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one which includes all 13 permitted varietals in its blend. This vintage has slightly less Grenache in the blend than usual (only 10%) given the challenging conditions for Grenache this vintage. An outstanding Mourvèdre dominated wine from the world renowned Château de Beaucastel/Famille Perrin.
Type:
Vintage:
2018
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 40% other permitted varieties.
ABV:
14%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Body:
Hearty, rustic and full flavoured
Drinking Window:
Drink 2023+
Closure Type:
Cork
£72.00
 

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

The bouquet is very Mourvèdre dominated, blue fruits, crushed violets, charred meats, and a distinct minerality. This estate has produced a brilliant wine that has medium to full body, a layered, deep, concentrated mid-palate, ripe tannins and a beautiful finish.

Food Matches

Lovely with venison wellington with mashed potato, swede and parsnip.

Vinification

Matured in 500hl/ha oak foudres and bottled without filtration, this is one of the icon domaines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, one which includes all 13 permitted varietals in its blend.

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