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CHTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL 2009 - CHTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE                   CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL 2009 - CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

Chateau Beaucastel is, for many, the benchmark Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wine is very bright and lifted, with a lovely violet, honeysuckle and musk perfume. The palate has rich and deep red fruit very well balanced with the acidity and the fruit was chewy. This is one seriously complex wine and I can only see it developing into something quite spectacular. This is one of the finest young Beaucastel wines I've tasted.

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VINEYARD
The estate covers a total of 130 hectares, of which only 100 hectares are planted to vines. Of this, only 3/4 is Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC. Every year one or two hectares of old vines are grubbed up and the equivalent area is replanted on land which has not had vines growing on it for at least ten years.
A Miocene era soil covered with an Alpine deposit (rolled river stones), brought in during the last Ice Age by water and glaciers; in fact the former riverbed of the Rhône.

The soil around Château de Beaucastel is quite homogenous, much of the land being covered by the classical CdP galets

GRAPE VARIETIES
Beaucastel is almost unique in using all 13 of the permitted grape varieties in CdP: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne. (Phew!)

VINIFICATION
The grapes are hand-picked and rigourous selction is practiced. After total de-stemming, grapes go into fermentation vats where they undergo a traditional vinification.

Each grape variety is vinified separately. Once the fermentation is finished, the wine from each grape variety is carefully tasted and blended, the percentage of each variety changing each vintage.

The wine is then put into large oak barrels to age for twelve months.

TASTING NOTE
This tasting note reflects a barrel sample of the wine, which Marc Perrin explained was about "70% complete".

The first thing that stuck me about this wine was that the nose was very bright and lifted, with a lovely violet, honeysuckle and musk perfume. Almost a Provençal garden in the summer!

The palate displayed rich and deep red fruit very well balanced with the acidity and the fruit was chewy almost with some chocolate, coffee and interesting that parma violet character from the nose. The dusty tannins are quite prominent at this stage but this wine has a long and promising future ahead of it. This is one seriously complex wine and I can only see it developing into something quite spectacular over the next 10 to 20 years.

This is one of the finest young Beaucastel wines I've tasted. Excellent

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    14.0% (10.5 units of alcohol)




Per Bottle 59.99

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