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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Chateau de Beaucastel Roussanne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vielles Vignes 2006
Chateau de Beaucastel Roussanne Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vielles Vignes 2006
(search item no. 99804)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $139.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, between Orange and Avignon. The Chateau de Beaucastel white "Vieilles Vignes" (old vines) is 3 hectares / 7 acres in size. In this case the old vines are at least 75 years old.
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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.