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Chateau de Beaucastel, Hommage a Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009


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    60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah

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First created in 1989 as a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, only made in the very best years with old vine Mourvedre  from their Courrieux vineyard. Production is extremely limited with only around 350 cases made at a time. Grapes are destemmed, fermented in tronconic wooden vats using natural yeasts after a brief cold maceration, with regular punching down.

(70% mourvedre and 10% each of grenache, counoise and syrah, all raised in foudre): Glass-staining purple. Hypnotic bouquet of black and blue fruits, potpourri and exotic spices. Broad, sappy and strikingly pure, with intense blackberry and boysenberry flavors that reach ever corner of the palate. Rich but lithe wine with a seamless texture and superb finishing clarity. This wine's marriage of power and vivacity is something else. Josh Raynolds, Vinous (96)

Very intense and dense. Intriguing red pepper, beef, black cherry, allspice and juniper character. Plenty of tannin, though they have been massaged into digestible form. Long, chocolate and baked black fruit finish. Both incredibly intense yet incredibly nuanced.  Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson (18.5)

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According to Marc Perrin, "the not-so secret benefit of Beaucastel's location in Chateauneuf is that the vineyard sits in the most northern sector of the appellation. This means that the north winds sweep down through the mountains and hit here first, which keeps the vineyards cool and stretches out the growing season." He added that in terms of temperature Beaucastel "is a lot like a vineyard much further north," so there is always good acidity to the grapes, even in a hot year.

The Perrin family of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are one of the Rhône Valley’s greatest vineyard owners. With over 200 hectares of top level, prime vineyards at their fingertips, they have the terroir and skill required to produce some of the region’s finest wines.

The estate traces its history back to a plot of Coudoulet vines bought by Pierre de Beaucastel in 1549. Tthe estate was transferred into the Perrin family in 1909 through marriage, where it remains firmly to this day. Despite being one of the old guards of the region, they are also one of the most progressive estates, They were one of the first converts to organic and biodynamic faming in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which they adopted in 1950 and ’74 respectively

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