2017 - Châteauneuf du Pape Ch de Beaucastel
Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2022 - 2035
Case size
12x37.5cl
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2017 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE CH DE BEAUCASTEL - 12x37.5cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château de Beaucastel
Region
Châteauneuf du Pape
Grape
Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre and others
Drinking
2022 - 2035
Case size
12x37.5cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £304.07 (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. This certainly helped in a year like 2017 that proved more difficult for Grenache. The Mourvèdre gives structure, cool cassis fruit, aromas of herbes de Provence, and some fine structural tannins. The Grenache (around 30%) 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. In the face of such a challenging year, this is a remarkable wine, and just goes to highlight the quality of the Beaucastel terroir and the expert touch in the Perrin cellar. The fruit is sweet and long, and the volume of fruit is so perfectly pitched against the supple tannins, so that all the wine’s notes chime in harmony. It has by far the most sophisticated tannins structure amongst the Perrin portfolio. The wine’s juiciness and integration promise an excellent development in the cellar.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, August 2018,
    Score: 95-97

    A tremendous effort, might Beaucastel's 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape outshine even the 2016? I tasted a preliminary blend that Marc Perrin said represented 80% of the wine, and it showed ridiculous floral and fresh aromas of licorice, lavender and spice, all backed by tremendous fruit that went beyond black and red and into hints of exotic stone fruit. The final blend will likely contain more than 10% Counoise, the highest proportion ever utilized at the estate. It's rich and concentrated yet silky and lithe, with a fantastically long, elegant finish. Drink 2020-2035

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, August 2018,
    Score: 95-97

    Moving to the two Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases and 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 12% Counoise, the rest other permitted varieties (Marc calls this a Mourvèdre vintage), the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape sports an inky purple color as well as a textbook Mourvèdre nose of black, black fruits, smoked meats, crushed rocks, charcoal, and pepper. It's deep and full-bodied, with beautiful purity and building structure. Production is down 40%, but this brilliant wine is certainly in the same league as the 2016.

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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.