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.
Still not yet bottled for my June visit (it was scheduled to be bottled at the end of the month), the final blend of the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel was showing plenty of garrigue and dried-spice notes layered over cherry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured and long on the finish, it should drink well for a decade or more. [90-92 Points, Joe Czerwinski – August 2019, robertparker.com]