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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2004
Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2004
(search item no. 91269)
green wine


PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge is made from Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. Each varietal is harvested separately, by hand, to assure optimum maturity and vinified separately to maintain its own unique character.

The different grape varieties are then blended after malo-lactic fermetation. The blend is aged in large oak casks for 6 months, and bottling follows fining with egg-white.

A deep ruby red color. The nose evokes aromas of red fruit, blackberries, black cherries and licorice. In the mouth one finds hints of wild thyme and a finely structured wine that shows very good length.

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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 exchanger.

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, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.