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  • 2012 - A year of contrasts made a balanced wine

    The first month of the year was very mild with temperatures reaching 18oC. In contrast, February was extremely cold with record temperatures of -12oC. This lasted 10 days and was accompanied by strong Mistral with gusts of 120Km/h.

    The spring was cool and wet with strong Mistral blowing up to 172Km/h. This cooler spring lead to a later budburst than usual. The summer was also full of contrasts with a cooler, dry and windy month of July, and a very hot (41.9oC on 21 August) month of August. We then had an Indian summer in September and beginning of October that were sunny, hot and dry. A bit of rainfall in August and September limited the hydric stress and helped complete the maturing of the later harvest varieties. The hours of sunshine between April and September were very good and comparable to 2010. The average temperatures on the other hand were cooler, especially at night.

  • We started harvesting on September 7th with Syrah. Harvest conditions were good and temperatures were average. The crop was very healthy and the phenolic maturity reached moderate sugar (therefore alcohol) levels. We ended harvest with Mourvèdre on October 12th. Like every year, we paid special attention to the sortingof the grapes in the vineyard but also in the cellar. The grapes were entirely de-stemmed (by pendulum motion). Then a second sorting after de-stemming of the actual grape itself allowed us to sort the grapes that hadn’t reached perfect maturity.

    Yields in 2012 were quite a bit lower than average, around 20hl/h.

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History

Among the prominent people in the town of Courthezon during the sixteenth century was the Beaucastel family. In 1549, “Noble Pierre de Beaucastel” bought “a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet”. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today at Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera.

His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat exchanger. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather.

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Vineyards

The vineyard comes first...

We are convinced that, to produce a great wine, the vine must grow in as natural a way as possible. This will enable it to fully express the natural balance of its surroundings. Thus, at Beaucastel, neither chemical fertiliser, pesticide nor insecticide has been used since 1964. Weeds are destroyed by plough and by hand, and all sprays used on the vines involve only natural products. Over the years, the vine has thus developed its own resistance to agression. Bees, ladybirds and worms are plentiful in our vineyards. Production levels are obviously low, but, through their organic nature, the wines reveal the essence of their terroir. 

The estate covers a total of 130 hectares (321.24 acres), of which only 100 hectares (247.10 acres) are planted with vines in one plot.

Château de Beaucastel is a magical place surrounded by hills dotted with vineyards, olive trees and truffle oaks. Here, nature flourishes, becomes emancipated and feels comfortable. Very old vines with gnarled feet stand in the traditional style of the gobelet on a solid ground with round stones. When the mistral blows - that wind comes from the legendary Alps and rushes into the funnel of the southern Rhone Valley - you can feel it rushing over the vineyards and revealing the fragrance of the scrubland. It has the singing accent of the people living here, born and raised in the Mediterranean climate. The wines of Chateau de Beaucastel come from this ancestral land planted with 13 varieties.

 

The cult of the soil and the terroir

At Château de Beaucastel, Famille Perrin attaches the utmost care to respect the land and restore it to its purest expression. Respecting the terroir both means enhancing the soil characteristics, the environment, but also highlighting the history of the place. A search for authenticity, uniqueness in order to transmit it, to make it alive, while revealing all the treasures of the Chateau de Beaucastel.

Besides, Famille Perrin is known for having been a pioneer in its innovative approach of organic farming in 1950 and then biodynamics in 1974 at Chateau de Beaucastel. Because to make an expressing wine, the grape must have taste, it must reveal the quintessence of its aromas and the grandeur of its origins. Famille Perrin has always made every effort to place the vine in its universe, that is to say, the earth, the animals and the stars by which it is impacted. Understanding the Beaucastel ecosystem means to better value a treasure located on the northern part of the appellation, in a cool climate, exposed to the mistral wind (over 150 days per year), on a very complex terroir full of limestone, clay and sand. Every day, on each plot, the work helps to stimulate the physiology of the plant and its natural resistance. Famille Perrin has always preserved this unique ecosystem with passion, which gives to the wines a unique combination of power, structure, elegance and freshness. 

 

Elegance, sophistication and art of blending

Famille Perrin is proud of this rare elegance that is the signature of Chateau de Beaucastel. A wine with finesse and a surprising freshness for a region best known for the hot character of its wines. Here, the wines are not dominated by the powerful Grenache. It is

more a matter of balance with other varietals that bring freshness and roundness. The tradition of blending the 13 historical varieties of Chateauneuf du Pape is still maintained at Château de Beaucastel (Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault , Vacarèse, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne). Mastering the art of blending grape varieties, through a unique know-how passed down from generation to generation, helps Famille Perrin to make unique wines every year. And to make, only in exceptional vintages, the prestigious "Hommage à Jacques Perrin”.

 

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Winemaking

The magic of blending...

In our Southern Rhône climate and terroirs, experience has shown us that wines are greater when they involve a blend between various grape varieties, rather than relying on just one. All our wines are thus blended from several grape varieties, and this logic is taken to its ultimate at Beaucastel, where all 13 varieties authorised in the Chateauneuf appellation are cultivated. Jean-Pierre, François, Marc, Pierre and Thomas Perrin get together in February to taste the wines from the various varieties. The aim is to decide, for each wine, the proportion of each grape that will make up the final blend. The magic of blending is that the finished article is always better than the individual components. 

 

Maturing the wine...

Our Southern Rhône terroirs produce grapes whose excellent maturity ensures that the wines have considerable tannic structure. This needs to be rounded out during the maturing process. We choose to age most of our wines in large casks rather than in small barrels, in order to provide an exchange between air and wine without adding further tannins from the wood.

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    “The results are stunning. The red wine is usually a black/ ruby or purple color, loaded with layers of fruit, tannins, and a multitude of fascinating scents and aromas...age, usually a minimum of six to ten years, brings forth its majestic richness and compelling array of aromas.”

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  6 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  6 wines 

The Perrin family hosted this year’s magnum dinner of the Scandinavian sommeliers and invited for a vist at Château de Beaucastel. After a visit of the cellar and the tasting of all grape varieties vinified in the 2016 vintage, a lunch was prepared by the fantastic team of the Restaurant L’Oustalet in Gigondas. Red Mullets from the Mediterranean Sea were prepared in a crust of sea salt and accompanied by Zucchini flowers in Extra Virgin Olive Oil of Miraval.


The wine to match was the white 2014 Châteauneuf de Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes. The second course featured ravioli with chestnuts and fungus boletus, perfectly matched by the red 2011 Château de Beaucastel. The main course was a young duck breast with cloves-butter, taking in account the aroma of the 1990 Château de Beaucastel. The excellent white 1998 Château de Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes was a highlight with the 18 Months old Laguiole AOP cheese. The end of this admirable lunch was a tasting of the 2000 Hommage à Jacques Perrin and the 1961 Château de Beaucastel

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 Fred Gold, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  16 wines 

A group of “mini-verticals.” Each flight presented two vintages of the same wine. The new (current) vintage was presented with the label showing. The older vintage was presented blind (half-blind tasting). Tasted 20 April 2017 at Peter Adesman's home.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A Taste of Greatness -tasting with perfect wines like Martha's Vineyards 1974, Harlan 1994, Sassicaia 1985, Pingus 1995, Yquem 1899 etc.

6m 1d ago

 Samuel Gates / Wine dealer, Pro (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  25 wines 

At some ten hectares in total area, Lavaux St Jacques is one of the largest and most prolific delineations within the greater Commune of Gevrey Chambertin. Planted to the southerly facing aspects of Combe de Lavaux, the quarter is defined by weathered limestone soils which formed part of a drainage canal into the flood plains at the centre of the Commune. A unique mesoclime of sunnier days for developed esters, followed by cooler night breezes for slower ripening, makes muscular, darkly fruited wines of bucolic savouryness and alluvial minerality.

6m 26d ago

 Thomas Alsgaard, Pro (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Martha's Vineyard 1970, Sassicaia 1970, Grange 1970, Unico 1970 etc.

7m 17d ago

 Anna Malmivirta, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Perfect Yquem 1967 - 100 points with pleasure

9m 8d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Great Friday evening at home with friend and wines like DRC Conti 1929, Krug 1937, Petrus 1998, Yquem 1967 etc.

9m 13d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  12 wines 

What a great evening. Fantastic food, sensational winnes and fabulous company.
I am a very lucky person to have friends like this.

10m 23d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Let’s talk Bordeaux. The Commander brought two gorgeous ‘82s which were both singing. L’Evangile, which is now owned and run by Lafite, and Trotanoy, which is owned and run by the Moueix family (aka Petrus) remain two of the best buys in all of Bordeaux, and these two wines showed why. The L’Evangile had sexy aromas and flavors of plum, olive and chocolate, and while still a bit tight, it was thick and delicious. The Trotanoy was a bit more open, dare I say sexier in its nose, showing blacker fruit and great autum floor action. It may be maturing a touch faster than the L’Evangile, but I found them qualitatively equal. The 1985 Petrus has never been considered a great Petrus, but out of double magnum, it came damn close. It was another sexy Pomerol nose, with more wheat and dust, along with touches of purple marzipan. The palate was rich and beautiful, w ith hints of olive and plum, and richer and more tannic than I expected, probably thanks to the larger format as much as anything else.

10m 27d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Yesterday we had the final of The Wine of the Decade 2000's-Rhône tasting in Tain-L' Hermitage. Here is my TOP 10 wines - Guigal dominated it with four wines.

11m 1d ago

 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Chateau de Beaucastel 'Hommage a Jacques Perrin' 2001 (magnum)


Beaucastel has had some problems with the dreaded brett in the past but any suggestion of such issues now seem to be well behind it. Certainly, no evidence of it here. No evidence of anything but a stupendous wine. One sometimes wonders if some of the Rhone wines that have come out in recent years as 'flagships', with monumental price tags, are intended for nothing other than to jump on the Parker bandwagon and cash in while they can, with massive, overheated wine bombs. This is certainly a wine that has attracted very favourable reviews from Parker and high points. Well, he got it spot on. This is a brilliant, wonderful wine.


First made in 1989, it is a curious blend of 60% mourvedre, 20% grenache, 10% syrah and 10% counoise, though that can change in certain years such as 1998 which favoured grenache. It is only made in top years and only in small quantities, never more than 5,000 bottles, and usually considerably less.


It is ripe, big and full-flavoured. Finishes with ultra thin tannins and is incredibly long. So long. A mix of flavours with dry herbs and lots of cherry notes. This is a brilliant wine by any standard. The colour was so bright that it is simply impossible to imagine it is pushing a decade of age. It is sooo young.


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11m 12d ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de Beaucastel . In a tasting of  25 wines 

“Hermitage La Chapelle 1978 / "Youthful colour. Deep bouquet of cedar, cassis, hrbs. On the palate a nice melange of eukalyptus, candied fruits, silky tannins. This bottle was extremely young and almost forbidding until it opened up."”

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