2016 - Châteauneuf du Pape Ch de Beaucastel
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2023 - 2039
Case size
6x150cl
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2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CH DE BEAUCASTEL - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2023 - 2039
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £812.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2017

    This cuvée is famous for drawing on a large proportion of the late ripening Mourvèdre variety (30%) to form the base of its blend. It takes an exceptional year for Mourvèdre and Grenache (also 30%) to both reach perfect phenolic maturity, but thanks to the long, even growing season and warm autumn in 2016, we have just such a case here. The Mourvèdre gives structure, cool cassis fruit, aromas of herbes de Provence, and some fine structural tannins. The blend’s other main component, Grenache, adds sweet crunchy red berry fruit, supple texture, and richness. The remainder of the blend is made up of the full house of the appellation’s thirteen varieties, and their diversity adds depth and drive to the wine. This wine will have a long and distinguished life ahead of it.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2017,
    Score: 95-97

    No surprise, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape takes the quality of the Coudoulet and ratchets it up a notch (or two!). I tasted the preliminary blend from foudre and was blown away by its potential. At 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other permitted varieties, it shows amazing purity in its scents of dark fruit and licorice, richness and weight without any excess of alcohol and a finish that goes on and on. Drink 2020-2040

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2017,
    Score: 18

    Some reductive notes on the nose. Floral and rich on the palate with gorgeous spice mix and effortless balance. A great wine, with great pedigree – you can taste this in the sheer elegance and intensity. (RH) 14% Drink 2018-2038

  • JLL

    John Livingstone-Learmonth, October 2017,
    Score: 5 stars

    Dark red, black and purple tints. The nose has a soft, squeezy black berry fruiting, mulberry and raspberry in the second register – they provide a milder note. There’s a rather stylish sweetness, an implication of rosemary, herbs and lamb stock. There’s a good box of varied tricks to come. This is immediately enjoyable on the palate, is running with squelchy, wavy mixed berry fruits. The tannins are ripe and deep, and approachable, fleshy. This is Beaucastel in the more modern recent style. There is velvet wine within an actually firm casing; it has more foundation than the 2015.

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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.