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Rhône

While we may refer to the Rhône Valley as if it were one region, it is in reality two - the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. They are quite distinct in character in almost every respect, and are indeed separated by a good hour's motorway driving. In the north, the climate more closely resembles that of Burgundy; other aspects are also similar - there are a great many small producers, working alongside a handful of famous négociants (best known are Chapoutier and Guigal). In addition, the wines of the north are made largely from a single grape variety (Syrah for all the reds; Viognier for Condrieu; and Roussanne and Marsanne for the other white appellations).

In the south, the climate is markedly hotter, bearing a much closer resemblance to the Languedoc and other distinctively Mediterranean regions. The wines are mostly blended from a number of varieties - as many as thirteen in the case of Châteauneuf du Pape. The whole character of the south, with its heat, wind (Mistral) and dust conjours up an atmosphere much more akin to the Mediterranean basin than to northern Europe. Châteauneuf itself, dominated by the ruins of the great medieval papal fortress, epitomises this in every respect. In both north and south, we concentrate largely on the wines of individual domaines, where we believe the most distinctive styles are made.




Château de Beaucastel

The website for Château de Beaucastel can be found at http://www.beaucastel.com

 
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Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
1994 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Château de Beaucastel x 1
 2006-2020
 1 Bottle
TBA
£234.00
 
1995 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Château de Beaucastel x 1
 2010-2030
 1 Bottle
TBA
£300.00
"The 1995 remains tight, backward, and far less evolved than the 1998. The dense inky purple color is accompanied by a floral, blueberry, mineral, and licorice-dominated bouquet. Huge and formidably endowed, but closed, tannic, and backward, it will be at its apogee between 2010-2030. 96" Robert Parker 
2000 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Château de Beaucastel x 1
 2010-2040
 1 Bottle
TBA
£300.00
"The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise, and 10% Syrah, the standard blend for this cuvee except for the 1998, which had 60% Grenache and only 20% Mourvedre. The 2000 possesses an impenetrable black/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of melted licorice, creosote, new saddle leather, blackberry and cherry fruit as well as roasted meats. Sweet and full-bodied, with great intensity, huge power, and a finish that lasts for 67 seconds by my watch, this is an amazing tour de force in winemaking. Even in a flattering, forward-styled vintage such as 2000, it will need 7-8 years of cellaring. 97" Robert Parker 
2015 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Domaines Perrin
 2017-2022
 12 Bottles
£139.20
TBA
"The 2014 Coudolet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône is a Provençal, charming effort that’s loaded with dark berry fruit, bouquet garni, leather, and garrigue aromas and flavors. Rounded, forward and still with mid-palate depth, it’s geared for drinking over the coming 5-6 years. 89" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #221 

White

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
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2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Château de Beaucastel x 6
 2017-2020
 6 Bottles
£228.50
£289.50
"A good, maybe not great vintage for the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, it’s still outstanding and offers loads of orchard fruits, brioche, crushed rock and buttered citrus in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, pretty style. I’d give bottles a year in the cellar and drink them over the following decade, but a recent retrospective has convinced me you can age these for just about as long as you’d like. 91" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #221 
2014 Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel x 6
 2017-2020
 6 Bottles
£390.00
TBA
"A big step up over the classic cuvee (which isn’t always a given), the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is 100% Roussanne from ancient vines, some of which are over 100 years in age. A deeper, richer version of the traditional cuvee, it reveals a medium-gold color to go with sensational notes of white currants, quince, brioche, honeysuckle and lemon curd. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and rich, yet with plenty of acidity, drink this elegant, balanced beauty anytime over the coming 2-3 decades. 95" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #221 

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