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Château de Beaucastel - Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

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98 Points - The Wine Advocate

"There are a mere 500 cases of the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, which derives from vines planted in 1909. Showing fabulous richness and opulence allied to an impeccable sense of balance and nearly infinite persistence, it's a tour de force of white Châteauneuf. Hints of roasted pineapple and grilled lime mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate boasts layers of honeyed, creamy decadence yet remains dry, zesty and refreshing at the same time. Like most great wines, it's a study in seeming contradictions drawn together into seamless elegance. While there's a chance this wine may go through a quiescent phase, it's singing now, and if history is any indication, it will also drink well in a decade or so." - Joe Czerwinski

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  • Château De Beaucastel

    Château De Beaucastel

    Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

    One of the largest and most famous estates in Châteauneuf du Pape, Château de Beaucastel has 200 hectares of vineyards and has been owned by the Perrin family since 1909. With a history dating back to 1549, the property is today in the hands of the fifth generation, lead by Jean-Pierre and François.

    One of the first domaines to practice organic viticulture in 1950, Château de Beaucastel has been biodynamic since 1974. Unusually the domaine plants all of the 13 grape varieties permitted in the Châteauneuf du Pape AOC, with Mourvèdre being the signature grape often making up a third of the blend.

    Amongst other things, Beaucastel is famous for vinifying wine ‘à chaud’, a controversial technique where grapes are rapidly heated when they arrive at the winery, extracting colour and aroma and killing harmful bacteria. The wines are all matured in 500 litre oak casks and are bottled with a light fining and without being filtered.

    “This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage.” - Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate

     

     

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