Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.
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 Oxidative grapes – all the others. Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Famille Perrin blends the different varieties. The blend is then aged in oak Foudres for a year before being bottled.
A great vintage, this year is characterised by the contrast between an extremely hot July and a very cool August. September experienced heat and two heavy rain pours during the first half of the month. This did not hurt the quality of the vintage and we were able to harvest late with the beautiful Indian summer lasting until mid-October.
Dark and deep ruby with purple undertones. On the nose it is very rich with ripe black fruit, cherry, fig and slightly smoky. Revealing a palate that is round and powerful, great balance between the tannins and the body, with notes of red fruit.