An expansive palette of grape varieties adds to the ensemble of Beaucastel's
Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2007, be it the white pepper from the Counoise,
the hedgerow from the Cinsault, the notes of summer pudding from the Syrah or
the pure red berry fruit from the Grenache. It is however the power of the
dominant Mourvèdre with its notes of charcuterie and bacon rind, which
intimates longevity and a satisfying crescendo over the next fifteen years.
Wine & SpiritsOne of the largest estates in the Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape (272 acres total, with 198 in Chacirc;teauneuf), this property is owned and run by the Perrin family. In the 2005 vintage, they produced their best regular cuveacute;e since 1989 (wine Spectatorrsquo;s Wine of the Year in 1991). the Beaucastel vineyard produces dense and explosive wines form a collage of 13 different grapes, most notably Grenache and Mourvegrave;dre. Each is fermented separately in either concrete or wooden vats. The third year of drought, 2005 only intensified the concentration and structure of this ageworthy red.