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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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In 2010 there was 20% more rainfall than average, therefore the vines did not suffer from hydric stress. Most of the rain fell at the beginning of the spring and caused a lot of shatter mainly on Grenache, explaining the smaller crops in this vintage. 
After a cool and damp spring, the months of July and August were very hot with 55 days of temperatures exceeding 30°C (against 53 in 2005 and 34 in 2007) and very dry (one the driest summers since 1871). In August the nights became cooler and at the beginning of September we had plenty rainfall followed immediately by a few days of strong Mistral.

The beautiful weather carried on and turned into an Indian summer with very hot and windy days throughout September and October and cold nights. The large variations in temperatures between day and night allowed the grapes to reach perfect maturity but still preserving a good acidity level.

The cool spring and cold nights delayed the maturity of the grapes and harvest started fairly late and the weather conditions were perfect throughout harvest. The Indian summer allowed to reach maturity on late harvest varieties such as Mourvèdre and Counoise and to maintain a healthy crop.

The wines are concentrated with intense notes of fruit but they are also very balanced and extremely elegant. It is similar to vintages such as 1978.

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Ruby. Herbs and dark berries, ripe and sweetish feel. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, sweetish and ripe palate, verging but lands on the better side. Long.
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Origin

Courthezon, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

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Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar.
Wine Spectator, Note : 96/100, 2013-10-31

La robe est profonde, avec un liseré de couleur sanguine, le nez, séduisant et intense, évoque la soupe de fruits variés (cerises légèrement kirchées dominantes), les fines épices, avec des notes de garrigue et légèrement chocolatées. La bouche est pure, les tannins sont enrobés par une chair bien formée, le milieu de bouche est ample, dense, profond, avec une texture très veloutée, et expressif (fruits et épices). La finale est longue, précise, harmonieuse, déjà complexe, d’un remarquable équilibre, avec des saveurs rappelant celle décelées à l’olfaction. Noté 17,5/18, un grand millésime de la propriété

It is another wine collectors love to own, but give this to those who have the patience and perspicacity to appreciate a work of art in progress. It is so finely tuned and effortless and reserved that it would be easy to overlook its flirtation with perfection, especially in terms of its ripeness.

David Lawrason, 2012-11-26

Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do.
Wine Advocate, Note : 95/100, 2012-10-01

Very dense and meaty on the nose. Appetising and no shortage of flesh but no heavy sweetness or alcohol. Really quite racy! Complex. Real lift and line through it.
Jancis Robinson, Note : 18/20, 2011-12-20

Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromasof red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length. 
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Note : 94/100

Vivid ruby. Fresh raspberry and cherry on the intensely perfumed nose. Sappy and sweet, with deep red fruit preserve flavors and hints of succulent herbs and rose pastille. Packs a punch but also shows impressive energy and balance. The raspberry note carries through on the finish, which also features a suave, slow-building note of star anise.
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Note : 92-94/100

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