Château de Beaucastel 1999
• Domaine: Château de Beaucastel
• Appellation.: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
• Classification: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vallée du Rhône, France
Château Beaucastel produces some of the most legendary expressions of Châteauneuf de Pape out of the entire Southern Rhône Region. They describe their terroir as, “marked by the Rhône violence.” The Southern Rhône is known for its difficult terroir, with its giant heat absorbing stones called galets and the blustery wind known as the mistral that keeps humidity away from the grapes. Grapes need certain levels of stress in the vineyard in order to reveal their fullest potential once bottled. It is natural then, that such an incomparable producer of Châteauneuf de Pape would have a terroir capable of such extremes. Yet the gifted family of vignerons who run this estate, the Perrin family, possess an intimate knowledge of this land and are able to work harmoniously with it to create some of the most renowned expressions of Châteauneuf de Pape in the world.
Château de Beaucastel is one of the oldest properties within the Southern Rhône appellation, with a long history that dates back to the 16th Century. Château de Beaucastel dates back to 1549, when the families first started cultivating parts of the Rhône Valley and Pierre de Beaucastel purchased a small parcel of land located in the Coudoulet appellation. Several centuries later, the property was acquired by Pierre Tramier in 1909 from Ellie Dussaud, who purchased the land in 1870. Interestingly enough, Dussaud was known for working alongside Ferdinand de Lesseps, who helped build the Suez Canal. Once Pierre Tramier took over operations at the property, quality began to improve, and the critics started to take notice. After Pierre Tramier passed, he willed the property to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin. Château de Beaucastel is now considered the most famous Châteauneuf du Pape and has been run by four generations of the Perrin family.
Château de Beaucastel believes in respecting terroir above everything else. They were true innovators in their field and practiced organic viticulture in the 1950s. The terroir is a mixture of sandstone, stone and limestone soils. The signature large rocks are called galets, which insulate the vines from cold and heat while helping the roots with drainage. Beaucastel has about 130 hectares of land, and 100 of them are planted with vines. Château Beaucastel has plantings of all 13 varietals allowed by the AOC law in the Southern Rhône, including Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourblenc and Roussanne. Though Grenache runs the show here, Château de Beaucastel is known for using a sizable amount of Mourvèdre in their wines. The grapes are all harvested by hand prior to being vinified in temperature controlled tanks and aged in oak. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for one year prior to being bottled and released.
What makes Château de Beaucastel unique is the sizable portions of Mourvedre in each vintage. Mourvedre is a deeply complex grape, with tremendous ageing potential and plenty of smoky and spicy characteristics. The resulting wine is a complex one, with tremendous ageing potential.
"The 1999 Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape is a profoundly rich, concentrated, classic vin de garde. Made from 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the remainder a blend of other varietals, it is one of the blackest, most opaque-colored Beaucastels of the last decade. The bouquet offers aromas of licorice, roasted meats, black cherry and blackberry fruit, and a truffle-like earthy note. Broodingly backward, formidably endowed, powerful, and extremely tannic, it will require 8-10 years of cellaring, and should age effortlessly for three decades or more." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (10/27/2000, Issue 131), Ratings: 91-95, Drink: 2008-2030
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