2008 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 750ml

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2008 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

There is drive and energy on the nose of this after the rather heavy Pichler M. Full bodied, honeyed, racy - at a very nice stage in its evolution now. Creamy but with sufficient acidity and good focus. Tight and rich but not sweet. Very successful. Has not retreated into its shell at all yet. Yet is expressive and complete. Satin and lightly perfumed but with an interesting herby spine. I assume there will be a second period when it will show well but cannot guess when it will be. See my article on the articles20080107.html target= title= onclick=>ageing of Rhône whites. Very long.

Drink Dates: 2009-2012
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Chateau Beaucastel, run by the Perrin brothers, is regarded as one of the best estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At 131 hectares of vineyards, it is also one of the largest estates in the region. It is atypical of the appellation in its production techniques. It is one of three estates to produce and vinify all 13 grapes permitted under the regulations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Also, unlike most estates, Beaucastel prefers to use as much Mourvedre in its blend as Grenache. As one of the first estates to practices organic viticulture, Chateau Beaucastel is often criticized for the influence of Brettanomyces, yeast that may contribute animalistic flavors to the wine. They are also controversial for their vinification practice of rapidly heating the incoming must in order to kill bacteria and extract color and flavor from the skins. After maturation in oak casks, the wine is bottled with light fining and no filtration. The house produces several cuvees, the grand vin known as Chateau Beaucastel. Their other wines include Hommage a Jean Perrin, Chateau Beaucastel Blanc, Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. Good values can be had by their Cotes du Rhone, Coudoulet de Beaucastel and their negociant line under the name Vieille Ferme.

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