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2011 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £48.00
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Tasting Notes:
At the en primeur stage, the Perrins invite tasters to work their way through the individual varieties. In the 2011 vintage. The Grenache has excellent ripeness giving a superb nose with sweet but not cloying, mineral but not dilute fruit. There is a hint of oak on the palate not evident on the nose. Excellent mouthfeel, again not cloying at all.The fruit profile is just right; the wine is not trying to show off (unlike a couple highlighted above). Lovely balance. The Mourvedre is more closed unsurprisingly but what is showing is rather good. The Syrah offers good black fruit, quite intense. See blog 03/10/2012

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See also Famille Perrin

Drinking Dates:
2016 to 2031
30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 15% other varieties
Diluvial alpine deposits with rolled pebbles over a former molasse sea bed of the Miocene epoch (tertiary period)
Handpicking and hand-sorting is followed by flash heating of the berries to 80°C and cooling to 20°C. Classic maceration in open-topped wooden vats for Syrah and Mourvèdre and in lined concrete vats for the other varieties.
Critic Reviews:
'Almost black! Complex nose with the merest hint of BandAid – call the Brett police! Subtle, layered flavours with some polished tannins. Lots of acidity. Very youthful. Tarry finish. Not much supple fruit. Demanding at this stage.' 16.5++/20 (Jancis Robinson MW,
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