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Perrin & Fils Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
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Wine Details

Varietal

Rhone Blend

Style

Red

Region

France

Wine Description

(From 2012 Vintage) While not the most structured vintage of Beaucastel, this is a full-bodied, creamy textured rendering of Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape. Finely detailed notes of plum, thyme and leather mark the nose, while the flavors are ripe almost to the point of jamminess. Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, Note : 93/100, 2016-05-01 Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit liqueur aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and cola. Broad, sweet and fleshy, offering concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors enlivened by juicy acidity and a peppery spice nuance. Tightens up slowly on the youthfully tannic, focused finish, which clings with resonating spiciness and outstanding tenacity.

Winemaker's Notes

Very dark in color. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, with red fruit, blackcurrants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender. The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round, with figs, cherries, blackcurrants and stewed fruit, all with great acidity. The tannins are present but very delicate.

The result of all the efforts and innovations of three generations of the Perrin family is evident when one has the pleasure of tasting a good vintage of Ch√Ęteau de Beaucastel at its peak. If one word could describe the red wines of Beaucastel it would be "pure": because these wines are the natural expression of the place and the grapes from which they come.

In this case the vineyard is a patchwork of the 13 permitted grape varieties It covers 70 hectares in all. The soil is the same porous, aerated blanket of Alpine diluvium (with rounded stones) over a base of Miocene marine limestone that exists elsewhere on the estate. The vines are on average 50 years old and yields are never more than 30 hectolitres per hectare and often much less. This is a vibrant and healthy vineyard due to years of organic cultivation.

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    96 95 94 scores #8 wine of the year WS 2013 Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 96 Points Wine Spectator Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do. 95 Points The Wine Advocate Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length. 94 Points International Wine Cellar

    over 2 years
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    another one of my all time faves

    over 3 years
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    Outstanding red.

    about 2 years
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    This was lucoius

    almost 2 years
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    almost 2 years
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    about 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/20/2014
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/09/2015
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/2009
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 10/07
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator