2004 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel

Beaucastel cites the 'serene' conditions under the Mistral wind in September, which permitted, as elsewhere, grapes to achieve full phenolic ripeness without risk, as the main factor contributing to the success of the vintage. The practice here is to assemble the wine in the months prior to bottling and impressions at this stage come from the individual cépages. Counoise, a traditional variety that contributes leathery notes, in this vintage revealed an uncharacteristic purity and freshness. Syrah was truly beautiful, deep with a discreet yet authoritative note. It was ripe almost to the point of sweetness, showing refined fruit and beautiful tannins. Grenache was fabulously intense, flowing and exhibiting notes of fresh fruit and violets. Mourvèdre, as always an important contributor here, was magnificent, with a juicy, lush nature, very fine tannins and unusual complexity. A hypothetical blend offered glimpses of the intensity, force and thrilling complexity to come.

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£66.04
Bottle
From a client
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£95.92

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Grape
    30% Grenache/Garnacha
    30% Mourvèdre
    10% Shiraz/Syrah
    Counoise
  • Maturity
    Mature 2010 - 2020
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2004 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel
Famille Perrin

Dating back to 1549, Château de Beaucastel may be the oldest estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, now managed by four members of the Perrin family. One of the first estates in the region to utilise organic viticulture, they are known for their use of all 13 permitted grape varieties, particularly Mourvèdre, resulting in powerful, generous wines. As well as red and white Châteauneuf, the estate produces a Vieilles Vignes Blanc from Roussanne and the extremely rare cuvée, Hommage à Jacques Perrin.

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