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Beaucastel 2010 - 95pts RP "a gorgeous wine"

 

One of the most famous names in the world of Chateauneuf, but also in the wider world of fine wine, Chateau de Beaucastel has long been one of the great reference points in wine making. Whilst the great estates of Rayas and Bonneau produce stunning but arguably atypical Chateauneufs, Beaucastel is the benchmark for textbook, terroir-driven, regionally expressive wines. Owners the Perrin brothers also deserve a lot of credit for continuing to keep prices sensible when they could easily charge more – and their superb 2010 vintage that we are offering you today is no exception, offering incredible value for money.

A traditional blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 10% Cinsault and the last 10% a local mixture, the wine is then aged in large barrels for 18 months. Whilst deeply impressive straight off the bat, it usually takes 5 to 10 years to reach its zenith of maturity and to begin really flexing its muscles; we recently opened a 2001 in the office and the wine was superb, with many years of potential still ahead of it. We have no doubt that the 2010, one of the greatest vintages of the last 20 years, will age just as well (if not better) as the 2001 and show the same balance and harmony in a few years’ time. This comes highly recommended so clear a space in the cellar!

“Beaucastel and its subsidiary wines marketed under the Perrin et Fils moniker are consistently among the bright shining stars of France. I have been visiting this estate for nearly thirty years, and over that time I have seen all the elements of what makes wines great…”Robert Parker

 

Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel 2010 (35 cases available - 12x75)

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 2010 CNDP - Beaucastelbtls IB 2 0 $ 767 cs 95 (WA) Add
 
95 points Robert Parker“This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do. This is a beautifully ripe, red-fruit driven Beaucastel – but it’s no fruit bomb; the classic earthy, warm stone and tapenade characters are all there to keep it savoury and utterly drinkable.”

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