Château de Beaucastel
& Famille Perrin
"Chateau de Beaucastel has become the leading estate at
Chateuneuf-du-Pape and is now in a class of its own"
The Wines of the Rhone, Faber & Faber)
2015 EN PRIMEUR OFFER
de Beaucastel, arguably, the best estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is owned by
François and Jean-Pierre Perrin.
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Beaucastel is certainly the longest-lived wine from the whole of the
Southern Rhône, ageing well for 20 or more years in a top vintage. However, it is atypical for the appellation.
Of all the estates in the region, Beaucastel is one of only three to plant
and vinify all thirteen grape varieties permitted by the Châteauneuf du
Pape appellation regulations and includes a whopping 30-35% Mourvèdre in its
red wine, matching the
contribution from Grenache in the final blend. In great years, the Perrins
produce a massively concentrated ultra-ageworthy cuvee, "Homage à Jacques
Perrin" in very small quantities. Please see
Fine Wines - there may
be the odd bottle available there!
The family also owns a
large Côtes du Rhône estate, also farmed organically, known as Coudoulet
de Beaucastel,one of the very best, having
more in common with very good Châteauneuf than with other Côtes du Rhône
wines. This wine has much in common with Beaucastel, in particular its
Mourvèdre content but,
whereas the grand vin is at its best after a minimum of 15-20 years,
Coudoulet is a wine to approach from a much younger age - for us it is a
5-10 year wine.
Important for some
consumers is the fact that these wines are organically produced (they
have full Ecocert status from the 2001 vintage although the bottles do not
bear the logo).