2006 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (94 pts) @familleperrin
ℹ️ This wine is a blend of all 13 grape varieties in the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The blend is 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 5%; Cinsault, and 15% a combination of Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne. The estate is one single large plot of land at the North end of the appellation. The vines have been farmed organically for over 50 years and have significant vine age. Each grape is hand-harvested and vinified separately. The varieties prone to reduction (Syrah and Mourvèdre) are fermented in oak vats, and everything else is fermented in traditional enameled concrete tanks. After fermentation, the wines are blended and aged in large oak foudres for a year before bottling.
👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim
👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry, mission fig, wood log, black truffle, roasted beef, lavender, thyme, and cocoa powder.
👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium chewy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. This wine has a fantastic powdery texture on the palate. A long length finish of fig, black cherry, and cocoa powder.
🔔 The finish on this wine is ridiculously long, the nose is extremely diverse, and the palate seductively textured. Château de Beaucastel is a benchmark for the appellation for a reason. Any time they don't bottle Hommage a Jacques Perrin like in 2006, this bottling benefits from that old vine material being added to this wine. Level up in quality without a price increase. What's funny is that this wine is not even showing its true potential yet. It probably needs another 3-5 years before ready for prime time.
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