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The Story

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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In 1909 Pierre Tramier bought the property and Beaucastel then passed to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin, a scientist who considerably increased the vineyard holding. His efforts were continued by Jacques Perrin until 1978. Today the torch is carried by Jean Pierre and François, sons of Jacques. But Marc, Pierre, Thomas and Matthieu, who represent the fifth generation, are ready to pursue this fabulous family history.

"We try to place the vine in its environment, that is to say in its relationship to the earth, to animal life and the stars, by which it is influenced. To make a wine of character, grapes must have flavours. All our decisions follow this logic of harvesting healthy, balanced grapes, intrinsically capable of producing a wine of great quality. This is why, for example, we do not use chemical fertilisers, and preventive treatments are reduced to a minimum."

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color

Full

ending

Long

flavors

Blackberry and Smoky

nose

Open and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Harmonious, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

The 1983 was a rather good vintage at Château Beaucastel. Normal winter and spring. Bud break occurred early April with cold and rain following in May. Flowering started on the 8th of June. Warm but rainy July and September. The harvest started on the 12th of September and proceeded under ideal climatic conditions until the 6th of October. A small crop, only 13,000 cases were released. The bottle was in top condition. Level by the neck. Decanted two hours. Dark, concentrated colour. Complex nose, just starting to open up. Lovely blackberry, spice and smoke aroma on the nose. Excellent balance and lovely intensity. Quite full and long, not as hard as expected. Approaching its peak, but there is no hurry. Elegant and charming with good length.
  • 94p

Magnum served blind. Slightly cloudy ruby with lots of evolution at the rim. Gamey nose. Not especially fresh but certainly massively mature. Very very sweet and very definitely ready to drink! Slightly medicinal and noticeable sediment. On the way down.

  • 91p
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Courthezon, Rhône

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