Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012: Pierre de Beaucastel established this estate vin 1549 and remained in the family until 1909 when Pierre Perrin took control and today the chateau is operated by his grandsons Jean-Pierre and Francois
Château de Beaucastel makes some of the most famous wines in the whole of the Rhône Valley, from a classic southern Rhône blend that includes Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, as well as the lesser-known Counoise and Cinsaut varieties.
Hand-picking the grapes and vinified in groups provide consistency for blending, and oak is used sparingly. Château de Beaucastel's flagship Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine is predominantly made from Grenache and Mourvèdre, with a range of other grape varieties, including a portion of white grapes. There is also a Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, which is made predominantly from Roussanne with Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Château de Beaucastel also makes a top varietal Roussanne, and a top Mourvèdre-based red wine called Hommage à Jacques Perrin in honour of the current proprietors' father.
Château de Beaucastel
by François Perrin
This process starts in the vineyards, with a chemical-free approach that dates back many years. In addition, Beaucastel has always matured its wines in its cellars for extended periods, At the top end of the range, the limited-production Hommage à Jacques Perrin, which is only produced in the best years, has been awarded 100 points by Robert Parker for five different vintages, making it a big favourite with collectors.