Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is renowned 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, such as Mourvèdre and Syrah, and in traditional enameled concrete tanks for the Oxidative grapes. 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.
Sometimes the presentation and reputation of a bottle suggests a match and so it proved with this handsomely packaged bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. Undecanted, it exhibited an intense richness and sweetness reminiscent of occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It would be a splendid bottle for a turkey, especially with the classic accompaniments of squash and sweet potato – also with a handsome leg of pork. Decanted, it is more structured and savoury, suggesting slow-cooked beef rather than turkey or pork. Beef short ribs would be an equally delicious pairing.