Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2008
Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Bright and lively, with great depth. Nose of red fruits. Luscious, with hints of thyme.
Grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 30%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 20%.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Fresh red berries, olive and licorice on the nose. Fresh, sharply delineated raspberry and cherry flavors are framed by dusty tannins and given grip by a tangy mineral note. The finish is a touch gritty but surprisingly persistent, the olive note repeating. Marc Perrin told me that the yield from these vines was only about 10 hl/ha in 2008."
Chateau de Beaucastel Winery
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. View all Chateau de Beaucastel Wines
About Cotes du RhoneView a map of Cotes du Rhone wineries
The appellation of Côtes du Rhône encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine – over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. Wines here need only be from the Côtes de Rhône geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide classification, it's a surprise and joy that so many of these wines reach such a high quality. While there are areas in the Northern Rhône that meet the classification of Côtes du Rhône, most all of this appellation is in the Southern Rhône. Wines here are based mostly on Grenache, like other Rhône reds, while the whites focus on Marsanne and Roussanne. Viognier is also allowed although typically used in smaller quantities.
Notable FactsThere is one higher level in the Côtes du Rhône called Côtes du Rhône Villages. These wines are from specific village areas that have a few more standards the wine must reach to receive the village label. Some to take note of are Cairanne, Rasteau, Seguret and Beaumes-de-Venise. The good thing about both Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages is that big producers of the smaller appellations are taking the opportunity and freedom offered by this broad appellation and creating wines of very high quality, and lower in price.
About France - Other regionsWhen 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.
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1 rating, 1 with review52/14/2011The Beaucastel Cotes-du-Rhones is truly one of my favorite wines. If I had to pick a “house” red wine, this would be it. I will admit that the 2008 vintage is a far cry from the 2007, but it’s also priced accordingly. This is an unfiltered wine with generous amounts of cherries, raspberries, pepper and spice and earthy qualities like clove and star anise. But the one overriding profile is the stewed prunes and ripe figs. Oh the stewed prunes! It’s a lovely, balanced wine that gives you a hint of its big brother for a fraction of the price. At the end of the day what makes this such an amazing wine is the attention of the winemaker to incorporate the four key southern Rhone grapes. All too often we are stuck with Cotes-du-Rhones made with only Grenache and Syrah. Mourvedre and Cinsault are not afterthoughts, just like Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are not afterthoughts in well-made Bordeaux. This is a wine of great value and great sophistication for a song. Food Pairing Suggestions: This Cotes-du-Rhone is a divine pairing with braised short ribs. Yes, I know that Zinfandel or 100% Syrah might be the textbook pairing, but just trust me on this one and you won’t be sorry. You might also try braised rabbit, stewed or grilled lamb, duck confit or my dark horse pick – venison sausage. This is just a great wine. Enjoy it!