Beaucastel was one of the very first domaines to practise organic viticulture – namely no use of herbicides, insecticides or any other chemicals. Unusually, all 13 permitted grape varieties are grown although it is Mourvèdre which is Beaucastel`s signature grape, often making up a third of the final blend. Beaucastel’s wines are matured in 500-litre oak casks and, after blending, are bottled with a light fining and without being filtered.
Now that it’s in the bottle, Beaucastel’s 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape comes across as full-bodied and rich, but also a bit shut down and reticent on the nose. With air, black olives and asphalt give way to black cherries and briery spice notes, backed by velvety but substantial tannins and a long, richly textured finish. Given a few years in the cellar, I have no doubt this will drink well for the next 15-plus years. [94+ Points, Joe Czerwinski – November 2020, robertparker.com]