Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2009

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2009

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France




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Grape Varietes: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Misc Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Perrin Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102997 Alcohol: 13.5%
Estate Notes

Château de Beaucastel 2009 was purchased in its original wooden case and comes from an excellent Rhône vintage - a hot year, which produced rich, concentrated wines with relatively low acidity.

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.

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purposes only (not actual bottle for sale).


“The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel).”

"One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension." Wine Spectator