Grapes: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 20% (other Rhone varietals). Region: France> Rhone Valley> Southern Rhone> Chateauneuf du Pape. Notes: Organic farming, Old vines, Aged in oak Foudres.
Description: Chateau de Beaucastel, owed by the Famille Perrin, has long been regarded as one of France’s greatest vineyard for aging potential. With all thirteen varieties of the appellation organically grown since the 1960’s. The first evidence of Chateau de Beaucastel as it exists today was from 1549. Pierre de Beaucastel bought a plot of land at Coudoulet. They built a farm house was with the coat of arms sculpted on a stone wall. In 1909 Pierre Tramier leads the wine estate and then transfers it to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin, Then Jacques Perrin continue his fathers effort until 1978 before passing the knowledge and vineyards to the next generation of the Perrin family. Their main strength is absolute respect for land and terroir, biodynamic culture as a philosophy of life, balance, and elegance.
"This is pretty gorgeous, with a remarkably pure display of cassis, cherry puree and plum reduction flavors laced every so gently with threads of leather, alder and dried garrigue. The sleek iron spine is buried deeply on the finish, and there's a lingering hint of warm stone as the fruit echoes through. Built to last." -96pts., Wine Spectator.
Food pairings: Aged or mild cheese (Cheddar, Dry jack, Fontina, Swiss), duck (and confit), game birds, beef, lamb, mushrooms, strip steak, foie gras, pasta w/ truffles, short ribs, etc.