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 ageing 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.
Beaucastel’s 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is 80% Roussanne (half in new oak and half in second-use wood) and 20% other permitted varieties (made in stainless steel). Honeyed pear and pineapple notes dominate the nose, while the palate is full-bodied rich and luscious, yet remains vibrant, refreshing and long on the finish. I find it delicious now and don’t see any need to age it, although it will undoubtedly hold together for several years. [94 Points, Joe Czerwinski – May 2022, robertparker.com]