Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • Grape:

    Rhone Red Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache 30%,Mourvedre 30%,Syrah 10%,Counoise 10%,Cinsualt 5% + Vaccarese,Terret Noir,Muscardin,Clairette,Picpoul,Picardan,Bourboulenc,Roussanne : 15%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marc Perrin

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Colour: dark and deep ruby with purple undertones. Nose: very rich in ripe black fruit, cherry, fig and slightly smoky. Mouth: round and powerful, great balance between the tannins and the body, with notes of red fruit.

Production Notes

Chateau de Beaucastel is 110 hectares, with one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Chateauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep. Beaucastel grows all thirteen grape varieties authorized by the appellation. Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvedre, Syrah) and in traditional enameled 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.

Critics Reviews

Jamie Goode 94pts (2008) - Tasted Sept 2014 : ripe, sweet, but really well defined black fruits nose with complex notes of meat, liquorice and floral black cherries. So expressive with lovely balance between the sweet ripe fruit and the more savoury olive and meat characters. From a cooler vintage, this has a touch of the northern Rhone about it, and it is fabulous.

Wine Spectator 93pts (2008) - Ripe and very sleek, with a dense core of cassis, blackberry, anise framed by violet and spice. The long finish drips with juicy fruit and subtle toast, with a flash of iron boding well for cellaring. Shows great freshness and balance for the vintage.

Producer Profile

The Perrin family married into the Chateau de Beaucastel estate over one hundred years ago and are still very much in charge to this day. At the time they made the unusual choice of replanting the vineyard (after the ravages of phylloxera) with all the thirteen grape varieties allowed in the appellation as opposed to concentrating on the Grenache, which was the 'easiest' variety giving good fruit, alcohol and colour. As a result, whereas 85% of the total red vineyard in Chateauneuf-du-Pape is planted with Grenache, this variety represents only 30% of the vineyard at Beaucastel - leaving 30% for Mourvedre, 10% each for Syrah and Counoise and 20% for the remaining nine varieties including about three percent of white. It is not surprising, therefore, that Beaucastel ages so well and develops such complexity. The other principal distinguishing feature of the estate is that the grandfather of the current generation decided to go back to the old way of doing things in 1964: that is, he would no longer use any chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. There would be a drop in yield of course, but as he saw it, a gain from the re-establishment of life chains in the soil and all the things which derive from doing things naturally, that we now know about. This was many years before the word 'organic' was used in the way that it is now, so Jacques Perrin was way ahead of his time. The Perrin family continue to innovate and alongside there extraordinary work at Beaucastel they have developed throughout the southern Rhone Valley to become preeminent in the region. They have also undertaken a high profile joint venture with the Jolie-Pitt Family, the owners of Miraval.