Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is renowned for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. Château de Beaucastel is 110 hectares, with one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep.
The greatness of the Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape is a result of a remarkable piece of winemaking more akin to alchemy than simple wine production. The final wine is an assemblage of all thirteen permitted grape varieties of the appellation. Each grape variety is vinified separately to preserve its individual characteristics, tasted and then blended in proportions that vary from vintage-to-vintage. This meticulous, laborious, process is carefully crafted to maximize the potential of each vintage and gives Beaucastel its inimitable character.
"Very dark crimson. Vibrant colour is almost black. Black olives and smoked bacon. Extremely vibrant on the nose too. Luscious ripe fruit on the front palate almost completely covers the tannins. Really quite remarkable. What a different wine from the 2011! Sumptuous."
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobsinson.com - Jan 2014
"This is also a great vintage for the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape. Beautifully rich and layered, with fantastic concentration and ultra-fine tannin, it delivers impressive aromas and flavors of dark fruits, licorice, mineral, and plum. Dense and rich, yet with perfect ripeness and bright acidity, it should end up being a classic example of Beaucastel and have two decades of longevity."