Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Château de Beaucastel, Southern Rhône, France, 2008

£115

The 16th century Château de Beaucastel was acquired by the Perrin family in the early 1900s. With a global following for their benchmark Châteauneuf du Pape, the wines at this historic property are consistently among the finest in the region. Each variety was hand harvested and vinified separately. The Mourvedre and Syrah were vinified in oak barrels, while the other varieties were vinifed in traditional tiled cement tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the different varieties were blended and the wine aged in oak foudres for 12 months before it was bottled. Château de Beaucastel own 110 hectares, with one single plot in the north of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where they grow all 13 authorised grape varieties. The vines are farmed organically and are on average 50-years-old. They are planted on pudding stone soils, which are traditional to the Southern Rhône. These stones retain heat from the day and keep the vines warm at night, helping to ripen the grapes. The sub-soils are made up of sand, clay and limestone.

Food pairing ideas: wherever you are, light the grill, pour the wine and make your music. These Côtes du Rhône wines are the perfect match for grilled meats, chicken and veggies on the backyard barbecue. It's that full body and spicy red taste that really makes the match. 30% Grenache/Garnacha , 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Roussanne, 10% Syrah/Shiraz , 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault .

This wine is deep ruby red in colour, with purple highlights. On the nose, there are aromas of ripe cherry, blackcurrant, figs and spicy notes. On the palate, it is well-balanced with round, ripe tannins. A powerful wine which will continue to improve with age.

Feature(s): Certified Organic, Sustainable
Winemaker: Cesar Perrin
Alcohol (ABV): 14.5 %
Acidity: 3.5 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.2 g/l
pH: 3.65

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