The Perrin family of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are one of the Rhône Valley’s most highly regarded vineyard owners. With over 200 hectares of premium vineyards, they have both the terroir and the skill required to produce some of the region’s finest wines.
Founded by Pierre de Beaucastel in 1549, the estate was transferred into the Perrin family in 1909. Despite being one of the originators of the region, they are also one of the most progressive estates. Chateau de Beaucastel was early to convert to organic and biodynamic farming practices, instigating the change during the 1950s. Today Chateau de Beaucastel is well known for producing high quality wines in all price ranges, with the Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker pegging Beaucastel as the top producer of the southern Rhone.
Today we are delighted to offer the 2009 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Hailing from one single plot in the north of the appellation, the terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Chateauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for over 50 years, allowing the roots to grow exceptionally deep and the fruit to express a true sense of place.
Robert Parker notes the 2009 as “being reminiscent of their brilliant 1985…full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth”. With 94 points from Parker, this 2009 iteration outscores his beloved 1985 by 3 points.
Jeb Dunnuck is also a fan describing “a superb aromatic display…and an abundance of structure”, awarding 96 points. Both he and Parker agree that this wine is drinking well already and will happily mature further over the next 20 years or more.
At £345 (6x75cl) IB, a case or two of this perfectly mature 2009 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape will make a worthy addition to any cellar.
This wine is due in late spring 2022, if you would like to order, do let me know and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.
2009 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape:
£345 (6x75cl) IB
96 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
The 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape had just been bottled at the time of the tasting but you wouldn’t know it by tasting it. A blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and 20% assorted varieties, the wine delivers a superb aromatic display of kirsch and black cherry-like fruits to go with a solid dose of underlying meat, truffle, earth, and leather. Full-bodied and gorgeously concentrated through the middle, with fleshy, ripe fruit, good acidity, and an abundance of structure, this will ideally be left alone for 7-8 years and then consumed over the following two decades.
94 Points | Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin as well as their four sons, Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu, have quickly become the dominate wine producers of the entire southern Rhone Valley. They have expanded their operation even further by partnering with the Jaboulets. Now having over 1,200 acres in vine and extensive contracts, this is a high quality locomotive, great news for consumers seeking a range of top quality red and white wines in all price ranges. The Perrins’ greatest success is undeniably their enormous quantities of high quality, inexpensive wines called La Vieille Ferme, a white from the Cotes du Luberon and a red from the Cotes du Ventoux. The Perrins are now the top producers of wines from the cool climate southern Rhone appellation of Vinsobres, located in the northern sector of the region and meaning “sober wine.” In 2008, the Perrins purchased one of the better estates in Gigondas, Clos des Tourelles, a 25 acre property located at the southern end of the village from which they make two cuvees. True stars in the Perrin portfolio are the white and red Cotes du Rhone from their estate called Coudoulet which is adjacent to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. As longtime readers know, Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, although in Chateauneuf du Pape the rather dramatic amelioration of quality that has taken place with white winemaking has given them more competition than they had a decade ago.
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