Marc Perrin, of the family that has owned Beaucastel since 1909, says cool nights in August were key to quality in the Southern Rhône in 2010, helping to preserve acidity in the grapes. The blend is a mix of about 30 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvèdre, 10 percent Syrah and 10 percent Counoise, with small amounts of the remaining nine varieties permitted in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Grapes are destemmed, flash-heated, then macerated in vats for two weeks. Fermentation takes place in a mix of cement and steel tanks.
Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. –James Molesworth
- Special Designation:
- Southern Rhône, France
- Issue Date:
- Oct. 31, 2013