Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Rhône Valley
Code: BEAU070
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.

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”.

Wow! This is an astonishing wine. There are so many flavours, carefully integrated into a greater whole. Very noble and rustic, rich in berry and tapenade, hints of raspberry and blackcurrant and some garrigue. The tannins are very soft but the overall feel of the wine is massive.
Try with assoulet of white beans with braised pork, sausage and duck confit.

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