In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land
holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than
four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as
Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people
acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor
named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law,
began to restore the domaine following the ravages of
phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine
in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved
grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat
Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François
and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and
Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and
grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden:
no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or
sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost
and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used
in the vineyards.
The vineyards are planted in all the traditional grapes of
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault,
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About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.