CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL

CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL

RHONE VALLEY
Owner:
Jean-Pierre et François Perrin
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Château de Beaucastel, based in the sector of Courthézon of the Châteauneuf du Pape region, produces what are considered the longest-living red wines of the southern Rhône.
CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL

The origins of the domain go back to the 16th century when Pierre de Beaucastel bought a plot of land in 1549 near Courthézon. Another Pierre de Beaucastel, a Huguenot, was appointed Captain of Courthézon by Louis XIV in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. In 1909 the property was acquired by Pierre Tramier, who passed the estate to yet another Pierre, his son-in-law Pierre Perrin.
It was Jacques Perrin who made the estate into one of the great domains of the region. Since his death in 1978, the work and the vision have been continued by his sons Jean-Pierre and François. The Perrin family has been a leader of quality and innovation in the region for nearly a century. They practise organic farming in their vineyards of the Rhône but also in California at their domain Tablas Creek in the Paso Robles region.

Today the estate is comprised of 130 hectares, of which only 100 are planted to vines. The remaining 30 hectares are farmed with rotating crops until planted with new vines to replace old vines that have had to be grubbed up. The Perrin’s vineyards are completely farmed biodynamically.
It is often mentioned that as many as 13 grape varieties are allowed for use in wine labelled Châteauneuf du Pape, but in fact Château Beaucastel is one of only three estates to actually cultivate all of them, harvesting and vinifying them separately. Its home-grown grape varieties such as Syrah and Grenache for reds and Viognier and Roussanne for whites have achieved worldwide popularity. Traditionally, Châteauneuf has been a Grenache Noir appellation with as much as 80% forming the foundation of most reds. In recent decades, there has been an increase in the use of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the Perrins have been instrumental in that. Indeed, it can be said that Beaucastel is atypical of Châteauneuf in that its amount of Grenache is only around 30% with an equal, unusually high, amount of Mourvèdre.

In their youth, the reds can be a bit brooding in style, less flamboyant than so many modern examples of Châteuneuf-du-Pape, but with an incomparable depth and complexity that is amplified by aging.

In 1990, Francois Perrin of Château Beaucastel in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation declared that the Rhone would be the new Bordeaux: "We have what it takes: the great estates, the great names, a tradition of hand-crafted wines and a commitment to quality." Two decades later, the greatest Rhone wines have indeed become flagship wines of France.