Château de Beaucastel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2013)
We’ve sourced a limited amount of this world-class wine and although it’s already stocked in our shop we’re offering it at pre-arrival prices. Regular price is $89/bottle. Please call or email if you would like to reserve a 6-pack. We will maintain the promotional pricing until we deplete the inventory. Stop by any time for a sample.
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France, and certainly at the top of its class in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From an exceptional terroir at the northern limit of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Coudoulet, it has a long history for elegance, balance and aging potential.
The Famille Perrin, led by Jean-Pierre and François, raise all thirteen grape varieties authorized by the appellation and use them in this renowned wine. Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enameled concrete tanks for all others. Once blended the wine is then aged in oak foudres for a year before being bottled. 2013 cépages is 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, with the remaining portion the other eight varieties.
The result is a rare level of concentration and depth in a challenging vintage that saw a serious drop in yields due to mildew and other issues. But the Perrin’s hard work in the vineyards show in the quality of their wine. A nose full of dark berries and crushed spices precede a medium to full-bodied, structured wine with impressive purity and length. While it’s not a massive wine it will benefit from a vigorous decanting or a few years in the cellar. The top wine rating agencies, including Parker’s Wine Advocate, have rated this vintage from 92 to 95.