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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

 

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Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Endless and Vibrant

nose

Intense and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, High alcohol content, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Complex, Developing, Full-bodied, Rich, Vigor, Medium-Dry and Sweet tannins

Verdict

Outstanding

Written Notes

Brick red colour with garnet red hue. Opulent yet elegant nose with balmy character, roasted chestnuts, dried plums, gingerbread spices, hints of Cuban tobacco, cigar box, noble leather, sandalwood, incense and cloves. On the palate elegant, fine structure, balmy spices and dried fruit, complex and rich with excellent depth and length. 98/100

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Courthezon, Rhône

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1990  ( Château de Beaucastel )

Brick red colour with garnet red hue. Opulent yet elegant nose with balmy character, roasted chestnuts, dried plums, gingerbread spices, hints of Cuban tobacco, cigar box, noble leather, sandalwood, incense and cloves. On the palate elegant, fine structure, balmy spices and dried fruit, complex and rich with excellent depth and length. 98/100

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 Tony Ling, Wine Collector  tasted  Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1990  ( Château de Beaucastel )

"To the eyes a surprisingly pale ruby wine with garnet hues. Aromas (before swirling) of fresh kirsch, plums that are sweet and almost like jammed fruits alongside scent of damp forest and dried flowers.

Bouquet of pungent ripe red cherries and wild berries with a beguiling selection of wood/herb-based perfume – sandalwood, cedar and tobacco leaves mostly. This is accompanied by an overlay of bacon, mushroom, leather and hints of Macadamia Nut. This wine has a huge spice box under its sleeves although it is not in any way overpowering. Overall, a superbly expressive, mature nose!

Each mouthful of wine is full of intense, lusciously sweet fruits (mostly cherries and plums) consistent with the nose with racy acidity and silky tannins followed by a warming white peppery finish.

It is indeed an elegant wine although elegant might not be the most usual word to describe the rouges from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It grows on you as you take each sip as the wine envelops your palate with its complex set of flavours that stay for a good 20-30 seconds. It is a poised and generous nanny that not only serves you comfort food and takes care of all your everyday needs but also gives you a wink when you want to go out and play when you find yourself too bored in life.

Well, that is simply a difficult way of saying that this might just be the perfect wine for this festive season!

I thoroughly enjoyed this wine with family at home with Wagyu steaks and homemade Spaghetti Bolognese under intermittent, small pours in 10 hours without prior decanting.

I reckon this might just be the peak for this wine but I am confident that it will continue to stay this way for another 2-3 years if stored well."

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