Chateau de Beaucastel
Château de Beaucastel Wines
We can find the first evidence of Château de Beaucastel as it exists today in the sixteenth century. In 1321, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet. The manor house will be built then with the arms of Beaucastel sculpted in the stone of a wall of the drawing room. In 1687, Pierre de Beaucastel was appointed Capitaine de la ville de Courtezon by Louis XIV, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism. Louis XIV's letter, also signed by Colbert, is still visible at the Château. In 1909, Pierre Tramier leads the wine estate and then transmits it to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, a scientist that developped Beaucastel. Jacques Perrin continued the efforts of his father until 1978 and gave its noble letters to this wine. Beaucastel's terroir is marked by the Rhone violence. It is made with a layer of marine molasses (sandstone) of the Miocene period, covered by alpine alluvium. The presence of a great number of rounded stones, know as « galets », bear evidence of the time when the Rhone, a torrent at this time, tore fragments of rocks from the Alps and deposited them along its course.
Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2010
The Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin from those years was made mostly from very old Mourvedre vines yielding tiny quantities of intensely ripe, concentrated fruit. Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle, enormously massive, concentrated, full-bodied and built for 30-50 years of cellaring, this wine, which is dominated by its Mourvedre component, is a tour de force, a spectacular, world-class wine. -Rated
100, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Chateauneuf du Pape
For as long as anybody can remember, Beaucastel has maintained its position in Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s first division. The Perrin family who have owned it for a century would probably nod to old vines on exceptional terroir (mainly galets, the fat stones that are so typical around here.). But they too deserve credit for a reflective and sometimes experimental approach which continues under fifth-generation winemaker Pierre Perrin. Hommage à Jacques Perrin, 60 per cent Mourvèdre from very old vines, is a masterpiece of
savory intensity while Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, from just 3 hectares of 75-year-old vines, is a lingering, honeyed treat.
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