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Beaucastel release "outstanding" 2017
23 October 2018

The Perrins don’t hold back when describing the 2017 vintage, both in terms of the year’s climactic conditions and the quality of the wines they produced. In their words the increasingly “capricious” Mother Nature, after bouts of frost and hail early in the season, offered up an “exceptionally parched” summer that has nonetheless yielded an “outstanding range of wines with great ageing potential.”

After a wet start to winter the turn of the year saw the beginning of a long, mild spell that resulted in early budburst, translating into an early if uneven flowering. This precocious cycle continued throughout the season until an incredibly early harvest began here with Viognier on the 17th August! Progress steadied during an ideal September, a month that benefitted from sunny days and cool nights. Vintage was long but relaxed, lasting a total of 8 weeks which culminated with Mourvèdre on the 5th October. As with everywhere else in the region poor flowering and drought has resulted in a tiny crop. However, despite being one of the driest vintages for three decades, the wines are incredibly open and generous. The fruit is highly aromatic and rich, fortified by a powerful but velvety tannic structure. A year most similar to 2007 according to Marc Perrin, richly fruited and structured but easy to appreciate young.

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