Beaucastel is, first of all, a family story, the story of Famille Perrin. Their main strength is being able to blend the talents of each family member to run the wine estate under common values: absolute respect of land and terroir, biodynamic culture as a philosophy of life, the research of truth, balance and elegance.
Respecting the Terroir implies enhancing the soil characteristics, the environment as well as highlighting the history of the place. Famille Perrin has the deep conviction that the grapes must have flavours to make an expressive wine; a wine that reveals the quintessence of its aromas and the grandeur of its origins.
At Beaucastel oak aging is not dominant – the authenticity of the grape varieties and the terroir take the major roles. By continuing the tradition of the blending of the 13 historical varieties of Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel has an unmatched style, every year. It makes a wine with that unique and exceptional mix of power, structure, elegance and freshness.
The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is 80% Roussanne, 15% Grenache Blanc and 5% other mixed varieties (Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picardan). Fermented and aged in a mix of barrels (30%) and tanks (70%), it offers up appealing flinty notes on the nose, accompanied by ripe pineapple and pear scents. It’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, round, ripe and generous, with an expansive feel in the mouth and hints of warmth, honey and spice on the long finish. Lush and luxurious, it’s drinkable young, but has a track record of aging well for as long as a decade depending on your preferences. [92 Points, Joe Czerwinski – December 2020, robertparker.com]