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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004
Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage Jacques Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2004
(search item no. 92136)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $489.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"It is only made in the top vintages, but the very limited cuvee of 500 or so cases of Hommage a Jacques Perrin, which is a wine with 60% Mourvedre and the rest the other permitted varietals, primarily Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, and some Vaccarese, was produced in both 2005 and 2004. The 2004 is potentially one of the legendary Jacques Perrin cuvees since the debut vintage of 1989. The potentially perfect 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin has turned out to be just an amazing wine and one of the profound examples of this cuvee the Perrins have produced. It certainly has all the power, density, and richness of the great years, but there is almost a surreal elegance and lightness for a wine this powerful and dense. Almost difficult to describe, the gorgeous multi-layered texture, and the heavenly perfume of smoked meats, flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and truffles is a knock-out. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied with incredible intensity, purity, and overall symmetry. There's nothing out of place in this remarkable wine, and it seems somewhat approachable already, yet it will no doubt have the uncanny ability to age for 25-40+ years." - Wine Advocate
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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.