October 24th 2016
We are delighted to launch our 2015 Rhone En Primeur campaign with an outstanding pair of wines from Château de Beaucastel. Beaucastel is the flagship estate of the Perrin family and these masters of the Southern Rhône make benchmark Châteauneuf. The best vintages here can age into legendary wines, and an increasing tendency to elegance in the wine-making style of recent years has not gone unnoticed.
The Beaucastel vines are all in one large 110 hectare block at the northern end of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The plot contains all the archetypal soil types of the region: sand, clay and limestone, with pudding stone pebbles on the surface. The estate famously grows all thirteen varieties permitted within the Châteauneuf appellation.
The 2015 Beaucastel Rouge can only be described as a treat to taste. This superb wine is characterised by its juicy, silky, fruity core, which morphs seamlessly into a darker, spicier fruit character (thanks to the Mourvedre and Syrah). There is fabulous elegance, purity and impressive freshness of fruit, which makes this wine not only vibrant on the palate but also means that you simply don’t taste the alcohol.The tannins are very fine and beautifully integrated. The finish is long and utterly delicious.
In short, this is a beautiful wine. It is a must have for all serious Rhône lovers.
Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Ch de Beaucastel 2015 (very limited)
£225.00 per 6 Bottles IB
Roussanne forms the major basis of this blend (80%), the rest being made up of Grenache Blanc, Picardin, Bourboulenc and Clairette, with 30% vinified in oak. The estate believes a characteristic of Roussanne is that it welcomes you with open arms in its first five years – young, nutty, fruity, creamy – and then shuts down, only to re-emerge from its chrysalis after 15 years in the cellar with a complex, tertiary bouquet. This young 2015 has a very pretty white peach and vanilla spice aroma and a subtly nutty background on the palate. It has a delicate but long finish. Drink 2018 – 2032
Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Ch de Beaucastel 2015
£225.00 per 6 Bottles In Bond
£450.00 per 24 Halves In Bond
£450.00 per 6 Magnums In Bond
£170.00 per Jeroboam In Bond
This cuvée draws on the late ripening Mourvèdre for 30% of its complex blend, which has performed particularly well in 2015. It gives structure, cool fruit, aromas of herbes de Provence, and some fine peppery tannins, plus its moderate alcohol brings the heat of the blend down. The rich, sweetly fruited Grenache adds fleshy depth. Combined with the other varieties (Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Vaccarèse) this wine has a meaty depth and persistence. It should stay the course. Drink 2020 – 2034