Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • Grape:

    Roussanne

  • Grape Blend:

    Roussanne 100%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marc Perrin

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Chateau de Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Very beautiful golden colour with shiny reflections. On the nose, this wine offers notes of quince, lime and roasted pineapple. Very elegant on the palate, delicately oaky with an opulent texture, it reveals aromas of white flowers such as acacia and honeysuckle, honey and citrus zest. The finish is exceptionally long and salty.

Production Notes

Considered as one of the greatest white wines in France, only 6000 bottles of this wine are produced. It's made with 100% very old Roussanne vines and harvested slightly over ripe. This exceptional wine must be drunk within 3 years or after 15 years. To be enjoyed with gastronomic cuisine. The grapes are hand picked in small cases and sorted, pneumatically pressed. Settling of the juices and fermentation (30% in oak, 70% tanks). Bottled after 8 months.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 97-99pts (2017) - The 500-case production of this wine comes from a three-hectare parcel of Roussanne planted in 1909. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes takes the quality of Beaucastel's traditional white and raises it another level. Caramelized pineapple sounds sweet and cloying, but it isn't when it's backed by amazing texture, citrus zest and a briny sensation on the never-ending finish. As this was the last wine of my visit to the estate, I found it especially hard to spit out.

Decanter 96pts (2017) - Roussanne vines more than 100 years old give tiny yields. a kaleidoscope of scents: macadamia, mango, quince and rhubarb. very full bodied but saved from fatness by a gleaming mineral edge and balancing acidity. almost too much this year, it tastes nearly sweet but finishes dry, very long and absurdly opulent. it's always an attention-grabbing wine, and some will love it all the more for its excess in 2017; some less.

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.