Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 (magnum)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 (magnum)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France





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Grape Varietes: Mourvèdre 30%, Grenache 30%, Syrah 10%, Counoise 10%, Misc 20% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Perrin Optimum Drinking: 2019-2030 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: Josh Raynolds Code: 103267 Alcohol: 13.5% Label Quality: Very good condition.
Estate Notes

Château de Beaucastel 2007 (magnum) is in very good condition and comes from an excellent southern Rhône vintage, particularly for Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, where a wet spring was followed by a warm, dry growing season, which produced a large crop of ripe fruit with high alcohol.

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. 

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.


“This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve—and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish.” Wine Spectator

"Remarkably complex bouquet of dark berry compote, potpourri, sandalwood, smoked meat and licorice, complemented by a smoky mineral overtone. Broad, palate-coating dark fruit flavors pick up notes of candied flowers and licorice with air and show a pungent Indian spice character. Becomes more floral with air and leaves sweet cherry and floral pastille notes behind. I'd buy all of this that I could afford." Josh Reynolds

"Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content." Robert Parker