Château de Beaucastel 1995 was purchased in its original wooden case. A richly-textured Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the excellent 1995 Rhône vintage - deliciously classic in style.
Beaucastel's vineyards are based on the famous rounded stones called galets that were deposited in times when the Rhône river raged as a torrent, tearing fragments of rocks from the Alps onto the plains. The galets soak up the intense heat during the summer ripening months and release it during the evenings. Water retention is poor which helps the Châteauneuf vines struggle and thus bear fruit more easily.
The Perrin brothers, the current owners of Beaucastel's 100 hectares, do not use chemical fertilisers, preferring to use a compost made on the property from a mixture of sheep manure and the previous year's pressings (marc) which helps to maintain the soil's own natural equilibrium.