In the glass, this wine is a very dark red. Aromas of red fruits, leather, truffles and musk follow through to spices, pepper, and anise on the palate. From one of the most well known and respected producers in Southern France.
The vineyard is planted in all the traditional grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne. For their red wines, Mourvèdre has the largest percentage (over 30%), followed by Grenache (30%), Counoise, Syrah, and Cinsault. All thirteen varieties may be used in the final blend.
"The profound, inky purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the great classic Beaucastels of recent years. It may be even better than its three immediate predecessors. The Perrins find the 2001 reminiscent of their 1990, a vintage that is drinking gloriously today. The 2001's sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, saddle leather, underbrush, truffles, roasted herbs, cigar tobacco, and earth is followed by a concentrated, full-bodied wine with a penetrating intensity yet splendid freshness and vibrancy. This magnificent, majestic Beaucastel should hit its peak in a decade, and last 25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030
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About Chateau de Beaucastel:
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,