Château de Beaucastel
Written by Jean-Simon Rioux Granger – Sommelier at Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire
Located in the northern side of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the Château de Beaucastel domain is one of the flagship wineries of the region. In Beaucastel, the soils are mostly composed of shingle, with lime and rocky elements that add to the maturity of the grapes which allows for the production of rich and voluminous wines. By always respecting its environment, the domain has converted to biological agriculture since the 1960’s. All the vine work is done manually and all the chemical products are replaced by natural elements that originate exclusively from the domain’s ecosystem. The character of each varietal is respected; with each being vinified separately and then assembled together to fully express the vintage.
Vieilles Vignes 2014 :
Exclusively composed of old Roussanne vines planted in 1909, it is the quintessence of white wines produced at Beaucastel. Very complex with scents of poached pear, fresh peach and acacia, the wine then opens up with notes of nougat, vanilla and chamomile. The palate is dense and characterized by an enveloping texture and a nice bitterness touch. Ready to drink now or within the next five years. Decant the wine before serving.
Vieilles Vignes 1999 :
Widely regarded as one of the best vintages of Northern Rhone, the 1999 Vieilles Vignes expressed itself after a long evolution. At first glance, the color is of a brown color, with an obvious sedimentary deposit. The aromas, reminiscent of Rancio, are mainly figs, walnuts, molasses and maple syrup. In the palate, the body is quite discreet, the texture thin and the bitterness persistent. A wine for savvy amateurs. To drink now, without decanting before service.
Château de Beaucastel 2011 :
The red cuvee of Château Beaucastel results in the blend of the thirteen varietals allowed by the appellation. The Mourvèdre varietal is the favorite one. The highest percentage (30%) brings freshness, color and longevity to the wines of the domain. Seductive with its notes of small red fruits and fresh black fruits, scrubland, tobacco, blood orange and cocoa complete the aromatic profile of the wine. In the palate, the freshness is the main experience. The tannins are quite acute, but they tighten up in the finale. To drink now or within the next ten years. Decant the wine for at least an hour, or open the bottle three hours before tasting.
Château de Beaucastel 2005 :
An exceptional vintage for the region, 2005 was a magnificent harvest of ripe grapes. Expressive and very polished, the aromatic bouquet is complex: red sour fruits and sweet black fruits introduce scents of spices, thyme, tobacco, cocoa and mushrooms. In the palate, the amplitude and texture of the wine coat the fine tannins that are quite present, even in the finale. To drink now or within the next twelve years. Decant the wine for two hours, or open the bottle four hours before tasting.
Esprit de Beaucastel 2005, Tablas Creek :
A project between the Haas and Perrin families, Tablas Creek Vineyards is located on the best terroirs of Paso Robles in California. In Paso Robles, the Rhodanian grape varieties rule, with very hot days and cool nights. A little shy at the beginning, the bouquet opens up with notes of ripe fruits such as the candied pear, peach, golden apple, pineapple and mango. In the palate, the wine is dense and the texture quite oily, with an enjoyable bitterness that persists in the finale. Completely in line with what we would expect from a fine white wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with an exotic touch. To drink now or within the next five years. Open the bottle at least one hour before tasting.
Jean-Simon Rioux Granger – Sommelier and Thomas Perrin – Château de Beaucaste