Chateau de Beaucastel – Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2019
Chateau de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Chateauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.
Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvedre, Syrah) and in traditional enameled concrete tanks for the Oxidative grapes (all the others). Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Famille Perrin blends the different varieties. The blend is then aged in oak Foudres for a year before being bottled.
The 2019 Beaucastel shows magnificent deep intense ruby-red colour. The nose is rich and complex, mixing superb notes of spices, fresh fruit, cocoa and brandy. Very elegant, full-bodied and generous on the palate, this wine offers a silky texture and powerful aromas of black berries and noble spices. It ends with a very nice length. Should age well into the medium, if not long term, but what’s more important is that it’s extremely delicious, balanced and fresh.
James Suckling: 97Pts; Decanter: 96Pts; Wine Spectator: 96Pts; Jeb Dunnuck: 96Pts; Wine Advocate: 95Pts; Vinous: 95Pts; Falstaff: 94Pts; Jancis Robinson: 18/20Pts
No7 of Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2022
Crafted from organically-grown grapes
Famille Perrin is one of the leading estates of the Rhone Valley, and the owner of Chateau de Beaucastel, one of the most revered wine in the world. Based in the Southern Rhone for 6 generations, the family members are the winemakers, the managers and the shareholders of the company and consequently only focus is the absolute quality of the wines.
It is no coincidence Famille Perrin is the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhone Valley where they occupy the regions best terroirs. Their values have given them a worldwide reputation for excellence: absolute respect for the soil, a commitment to manual methods and a deep belief that organic viticulture is the only way to express thetrue essence of the terroir. Moreover the combination of talents within the family ensures the continuation of their unique expertise. Nature and tradition are key to the Famille Perrin way and this approach has continued seamlessly over five generations.
10% Counoise, 15% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, Bourboulenc & Roussanne, Clairette, completed with Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Picardan, Picpoul, Terret Noir