Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge, 2012
Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 15% a blend of Vaccarèse, Terret noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.
WA: 96 points
This vintage is a beautiful complex and well-balanced wine. Nearly black in colour.
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.
High praise from the critics all round. Jeb Dunnuck said in his review for Wine Advocate, "What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001."
Pioneers in their innovative approach to organic farming in 1950 and then biodynamicfarming in 1974, Famille Perrin has the deep conviction that the grapes must have flavors to make an expressive wine. A wine that reveals the quintessence of its aromas and the grandeur of its origins.
At Beaucastel, the wines are not dominated by the powerful Grenache. It's all about harnessing Grenache and sublimating it. The blending is privileged with a unique know-how, passed down from generation to generation. Taking the best from each plot, letting each grape variety express their very nature in order to make the best blend.
Oak aging is not dominant here, the authenticity of the grape varieties and terroir take the major roles. By continuing the tradition of the blending of the 13 historical varieties of Châteauneuf du Pape, Château de Beaucastel has an unmatched style, every year. It makes a wine with that unique and exceptional mix of power, structure, elegance and freshness.