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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1989 was the Wine of the Year in 1991
Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. Try the beginning of next century.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Best from 1995 through 2005. 25,000 cases made. —JS
Château de Beaucastel has long been considered as one of the greatest wines in France. It is famously known for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the northern limit of the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, exposed to the mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been grown organically since the sixties.
Situation:Châteauneuf-du-Pape, between Orange and Avignon, Château de Beaucastel red is a 70-hectare vineyard.
Terroir:Château de Beaucastel is 70 hectares, in one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Châteuneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for over 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep.
Process:Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enamelled concrete tanks for the oxydative grapes (all the others). Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Perrin family blends the different varieties. The blend is then aged in oak foudres for a year before bottling.
Grapes:Syrah Grenache Mourvèdre Cinsault Terret Noir Counoise Muscardin Vaccarese Clairette