CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL, CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

 

RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE 2019

 

 

Among Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers, the name Château de Beaucastel has long been among the most revered, with Wine Spectator speaking for many when it wrote: the estate “stands as arguably the finest representation of the Southern Rhône's most prestigious appellation.”
 

Its 110 acres, all on a single plot, are also among the oldest in the region—a land-purchase record dates the estate to 1549. Today, this terroir is under the control of the winemaking dynasty of the Perrin family, and has been since 1909, when Pierre Tramier transferred control to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin. The family has a history of going its own way, typically using as much Mourvèdre as Grenache (unlike most producers in the region) and embracing biodynamic and organic farming long before it became trendy (the land has been cultivated organically since 1950 and biodynamically since 1974).
 

With its characteristic blends of 13 grape varieties, the family produces powerful, supple wines that are remarkable for their balance, structure, and, at the high end, aging potential.
 

Today, we're proud to be able to offer two from their exceptional portfolio.
 

The bargain pick is the Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône Rouge, for which we have secured a remarkable discount for our Concierge Family—bringing the cost to less than $30 a bottle.
 

We're not alone in our fandom. Decanter awarded it 92 points, writing: "A well-balanced, perfectly ripe, very fresh expression this year. Fine tannins, with good grip, harmonious acidity and dark streak of concentrated fruit into the finish. You'll be glad you bought some of this."
 

We also have their pride and joy—and a must-have for any serious collector: their Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
 

It's a complex and intriguing blend (30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, with 11 other varietals making up the rest), and utterly seductive.
 

Here's Decanter again, in a 96-point rave: "Immediately rich and damson-scented with a shot of cassis running through it. A medium-bodied, very classic vintage with good freshness. Has a good sense of weight and drive, not endlessly deep like 2017 or 2016 but perfectly balanced. Should age well into the medium, if not long term, but what's more important is that it's extremely delicious, balanced and fresh."
 

Jancis Robinson gushed over a cask sample she tasted at the estate, calling the nose "stunning" and noting the "piercingly fresh and expressive notes of violet, garrigue and black-olive tapenade"—and all of this "beautifully encased in a toasty cape of dark fruit."
 

So, one to open now and one to cellar.
 

Or, to put it another way: a little treat for you now, and a present to open one day down the line.

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2021-2022. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KY, MA, MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, October 10, 2021.