Château de Beaucastel has long been considered one of the best wines in France. It stands out for its elegance, balance and aging potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir on the northern edge of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. The thirteen varieties of the appellation have been grown organically since the 1960s.
This 2017 vintage will be remembered as the year of all records: the driest year in 30 years, non-interventionist vineyard work, optimal harvest conditions, a greatly reduced yield due to climatic hazards and wines with very rich potential.
Châteauneuf du Pape, between Orange and Avignon, Château de Beaucastel red is a 70 hectare vineyard.
Château de Beaucastel has 110 hectares, with a single plot to the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs of Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone below. The strains are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep.
Beaucastel grows the thirteen grape varieties authorized by the appellation.
Each variety is collected separately and manually. The vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enameled concrete tanks for the oxidative grapes (all the others). Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Famille Perrin assembles the different varieties. The blend is then aged in Foudres oak for a year before being bottled.
Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne: 10%