Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape 2018

$98.00

750ml

95+ pts. Wine Advocate

Out of stock

SKU: 1108387201800750 Categories: ,

Description

30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, the rest the other 13 permitted grapes including white grapes. Beaucastel is perhaps the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape wine. It’s also one of the oldest estates in the appellation dating all the way back to 1549 when the family’s first stake in the region came into being. Pierre de Beaucastel purchased the original parcel of vineyard land for the family which was located in the Coudoulet appellation. Jumping ahead to the 20th century, Beaucastel was acquired by Pierre Tramier in 1909 from Elie Dussaud. Dussaud first purchased the land in 1870. This was the beginning of the modern age for Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape as a wine producer. Following Tramier in managing the estates, affairs were his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin who was succeeded by Jacques Perrin. Today, the fourth generation in the family continues the tradition as the four Perrin brothers continue to follow in the family tradition of managing Beaucastel headed by Marc Perrin, Thomas Perrin, Pierre Perrin, and Mathieu Perrin. Beaucastel, like all great wine estates, is located on a unique terroir, situated in the far, northeast of Chateauneuf du Pape. The terroir consists of sandstone that is covered by a massive array of multi-colored rocks, stone, and limestone soils. Beaucastel is known for having plantings of all 13 grape varietals allowed by AOC law. The vineyard of Beaucastel is farmed using sustainable farming techniques. In fact, Beaucastel was one of the first estates in Chateauneuf du Pape to begin to farm their vineyards organically. This was quite risky when they started it in 1950. By 1974, they were also one of the first to farm using biodynamic farming techniques. All of this makes Beaucastel one of the leading lights in their appellation and a stark contrast to all the big, bold wines coming from Chateauneuf. 

Tasting Notes
At the moment, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape bucks the vintage trend toward open, expressive wines, seeming a bit closed on the nose and tight on the palate. It also shows a bit more depth and tannin than many of its peers. A blend of 30% each Grenache and Mourvèdre, with 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise and smaller amounts of other permitted varieties (including some white grapes), it delivers hints of mixed red berries and garrigue, a medium to full-bodied feel in the mouth, some dusty tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. Give it another couple of years to soften and reopen, then drink it over the next decade and a half.
- Joe Czerwinski

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Vintage

2018

Producer

Beaucastel

Country

France

Area

Rhone

Region

Southern Rhone

Appellation

Chateauneuf du Pape

Varietal

Rhone Blend

Style

Red