2015 - Châteauneuf du Pape Ch de Beaucastel
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2020 - 2034
Case size
6x75cl

2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CH DE BEAUCASTEL - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2020 - 2034
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2016

    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.

  • WA2

    Wine Advocate, October 2017,
    Score: 96

    Bottled in late July, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is an amazing effort, especially when one considers the production volume. Loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 20 years. Drink Date 2018 - 2035

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2016,
    Score: 93-95

    I was able to taste all of the components of the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape and this is a vintage described by Marc Perrin where every variety excelled. The Grenache and Mourvèdre were the clear standouts, both possessing terrific concentration, purity of fruit and ripe tannic structure. This will certainly be an outstanding wine, and it has a touch more concentration than the 2012.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2016,
    Score: 17.5

    Superb juiciness and bramble fruits. Some blackcurrant notes on the palate, a very savoury cigar and cedar character and a gentle Provençal herby note. Loads of breadth and complexity. Drink 2018-2035

  • JLL

    John Livingstone-Learmonth, September 2016,
    Score: 5 stars

    (barrels, various different varieties tasted one by one, bottling Apr-May 2017: 1) (Counoise, 1979, planted by François Perrin, harvested 15 Sept, 5-10% of the wine, 12.8°, 50 hl barrel) **** red robe; has a classic Counoise nose, packed with pepper, clove, flowers, also strawberry. This has a tip toe delicacy, serene juice, red berries. It is digestible, round, supple, spiced and stylish. Has stealthy length, too. “It’s a bit our Pinot noir, and takes away the solar side of the wine,” François Perrin. 20 years. 2) (Cinsault, 1965-66, 49 hl barrel) **** nice full red robe. Red fruits that are very clear show on the nose, with some reduction, has three-quarter depth, is pretty assured. The palate starts well, bear stylish red fruit, cosy tannins, is shapely, has a belle dimension. The fat here is kind, safe, the gras tender. The close is peppery. 19-21 years. 3) (Terret Noir, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, early 1970s, planted by Jacques Perrin, called The Collection, from 2 hectares, 13.6°, 63 hl barrel) **** dark red robe. Has a sealed, rather sturdy nose which gives good dark red fruit which it doesn’t hand out openly, has a suggestion of herbs. The palate repeats the compact, close-knit style of the nose, with structure and firm tannins. This doesn’t come from the charm school, is well founded, masculine, has red blood aspects with white pepper touches, and good, fresh length. 21 years. 4) (Grenache, 63 hl barrel) ****(*) dark robe. Has a compact, reductive, really persistent nose with deep berry fruits and beefy depth. The palate coasts, its richness quite high degree, but that is well enveloped, is plump and fat. It is a bit asleep today, has nice length, genuine fullness and roundness, with a pocket of late salt. 24 years 5) (Syrah, 55 hl barrel) ****(*) dark red. There is a swirl of different agents on the nose, blood and pulp, red fruits such as raspberry – the aroma goes widely and largely across the glass. The palate has style, is well founded, rich at heart, continues very well, has a peppery close, a northern Rhône angle there. Good and munchable wine, a very good contributor to the blend. 23 years 6) (Mourvèdre, av 60 years, 13.6°, 63 hl barrel) ****** big, dark robe. There is latent strength in the nose, black berry and licorice; it is very deep, not obvious, has airs of herbes de Provence. This shows excellent freshness, is really stylish, long and full of pedigree, has great class. This lights up the day, is fine and clear, has real good detail. It is very high quality, a great achievement for a wine from the south. Extreme quality balance. 25+ years. 2039-44

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Producer

Château de Beaucastel

Château de Beaucastel, the flagship estate of the Perrin family and masters on the Southern Rhône, makes benchmark Châteauneuf. The best vintages here can age into legendary wines, and an increasing tendency to elegance in the winemaking 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. Their Coudoulet vines lie just beyond the northern boundary and convey much of the typicity of a Châteauneuf in a more accessible format. The estate famously grows all thirteen varieties permitted within the Châteauneuf appellation. Beyond the Beaucastel estate, the Perrin family have built up a comprehensive portfolio of wines across the Southern Rhône appellations including Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Vinsobres.

Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

The emperor of southern Rhône appellations, Châteauneuf du Pape was the first A.O.C. in all of France, created in 1936. Their bottle is unique embossed with the papal coat of arms. Thirteen varieties (14 if Grenache Blanc is counted separately) can be incorporated in the blend. The reds include: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Picpoul, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, while the whites are Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Only a handful of producers use all 13, Grenache often being the highest percentage of the blend. This enables each producer to highlight the varieties that are the ripest and most interesting in any given year. Most Châteauneuf du Pâpes are master examples of wines that can be approachable within the first few years of release yet able to develop superb complexity during many years of cellaring.