2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel
Château de Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then brothers Jean-Pierre and François, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu. The 2014 Beaucastel underlines why this wine is so great; the homogenous site ensures that the sense of terroir is captured, more than ever in a relatively cooler vintage such as 2014. Yet the palette of varietal potential is such that the capacity for fine-tuning is wonderfully complex.
Mourvèdre remains a key component, adding savoury richness and authority at the back of the palate. The young wine is sweetly seductive, with velvety tannins and an herbal backdrop, its backbone and texture both signalling a most promising future. Drink 2019-2025.
A solid core of kirsch and raspberry compote stands out here, with light savory, pepper and shiso leaf notes peeking in. Stays fresh and sleek through the finish, revealing an echo of warm stones at the very end. Best from 2018 through 2028.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, Note : 91/100, 2017-06-15
A stunning example of this Southern Rhône blend with a smooth, earthy nose velvety texture and fruit-forward style; lovely, generous ripe black raspberry fruit and an exquisite finish.
The Tasting Panel, Note : 96/100, 2017-04-01
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