Châteauneuf du Pape, Hommage à Jacques Perrin, 2014

  Château de Beaucastel

£600.00 for 3x75cl
10 cs
 
£415.00 for 1x150cl
6 cs
 

Aromatic sweet-fruited notes on the palate, red grape, agen prune and plum character. The palate is a little more serious, the fine tannins and stony character offering a nice touch of austerity to compliment the ripe fruit, more linear than the 2013. A spread of fruit splays itself across the palate. Not big but with very good layering and delineation of flavours, from ripe fruit to herb and tobacco. A blend of 60% Mourvedre with the rest made up of Grenache and Syrah. Always a Mourvedre dominated blend, the Hommage is the result of a careful vineyard selection of Beaucastel’s best fruit always with the Mourvedre element dominating the blend. A maximum of 400 cases are made each year. The wine is aged, like Beaucastel, in large old wooden foudres but for 8 months longer than Beaucastel itself.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château de Beaucastel

Beaucastel is situated on the east side of Châteauneuf near Courthézon. The Domaine is owned by François and Jean-Pierre Perrin and consists of 70 hectares made up of 30% Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, with the rest being planted with the appellation’s ten other permitted grape varieties. In every way it sets itself apart from its local rivals; from an unusually low proportion of Grenache for today’s average Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, to the unique thermo-vinification process involving a short intense burst of heat during fermentation in order to aid extraction of colour and flavour from the grapes while killing harmful bacteria. These elements, and the Perrin’s unwaivering determination for perfection, result in one of the Rhône’s most complex and long lived wines.

Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, literally the Pope's new castle, (referring to move of the papal court to Avignon the the 1300s) is a large appellation in the Southern Rhône and is considered the birth place of the Appellation Contrôlee system. In 1923 Baron Le Roy of Ch Fortia had successfully established a strict set of rules for the production of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including delimiting an area for wine production and setting a minimum alcoholic strength of 12.5%. Reds and whites are produced, but the former is the far bigger of the two. Both colours produce rich, full-bodied heady wines rarely below 14% alcohol, distinctly southern and warm in character. The wines can be aged for anything between 5 - 20 years, even longer for the reds, depending on the quality of the individual wine. Famously the wines, in both colours, should either be drunk in the first flush of their youth within a couple of years of the vintage or at a bare minimum of 10 years, in between going through an awkward adolescent phase. The sweetness and headiness of red Châteauneuf-du-Papes comes from thre Grenache grape, it makes wines of sweet fruit, high alcohol and light colour. This is the dominant variety. There are increasing amounts of Châteauneuf-du-Papes which are Grenache only. However the classic and most common version is a blend of up to 13 varieties, the main players being Grenache, Syrah (which lends colour complexity and finesse) and Mourvèdre (which also lends colour, complexity, tannic backbone and acidity). The other varieties include the decreasing Cinsault, Counoise - highly thought of for its acidity- and a number of white grapes that can also be blended into the red wines as well as being used for makings whites, the most important of these are Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, the excellent Clairette and Roussanne.

The vineyard area extends over more than 3000 ha, the chief communes being Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself, Bédarrides, Courthézon, Orange, and Sorgues. The soils differ throughout the appellation from the classic large "Galet" stones which radiate heat to the low-trained old goblet vines, to varying degrees of clay, limestone and sand (the last of these can produce very sensual, silky wines the most famous of example of which would be Rayas.) Winemaking techniques vary from the traditional, all or part of the stalks included in the winemaking, fermentation and ageing in large old wooden foudres, to the more modern de-stalking, tank fermentation and new oak barriques maturation, or a blend of the two. The appellation is big therefore there are plenty of underperformers, however there is also, fortunately, an increasingly large selection of top class producers, including: Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, Barroche, Feraud et Fils, Mont-Redon, Domaine de Pegaü, Ch Rayas, St Prefert, and Font de Michelle. The best White Châteauneuf-du-Pape usually seems to have a high proportion of Clairette in it, though there is also an excellent single varietal Roussanne made by Beaucastel.

Grape Blend: Grenache | Syrah | Mourvedre

A classic blend, whose ultimate expression is found in the wines of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Grenache with its body, sweetness and warmth, Syrah with its colour tannic structure and black fruit characteristics, and Mourvèdre with its complex spiciness and density, makes for a match made in heaven. The resultant wines can be truly great and very long-lived. The success of the blend in the Rhône, has seen producers the world over trying to emulate it, particularly in California, Australia, Spain and South Africa.