2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape Hommage J Perrin
By Chateau de Beaucastel
2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape Hommage J Perrin by Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone
The 2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape Hommage J Perrin from Chateau de Beaucastel is a stellar representation of Rhone's terroir in a notably expressive vintage. This wine commingles the region’s extraordinary geographic diversity with the unique climatic conditions of 2018, showcasing gentlemanly finesse and profound depth.
Sense and Sensitivity: The Marks of Superb Vintage
The 2018 Hommage J Perrin stands as an iconic embodiment of Chateau de Beaucastel’s virtuosity and the sublime translation of Rhone Valley's character. The heavens delivered a relatively cool August and late September rains, setting the stage for this vivacious masterpiece boasting pronounced fruit expressions and firm tannic backbone; a perfect candidate for long-term cellaring by savvy investors.
With each sip, your palate embarks on a riveting journey. The triumphant Grenache dominates the blend with Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise contributing their distinctive flavor profiles. Balancing its hedonistic fruitiness is an architectural structure of fine-grained tannins wrapped in a seamless robe of ripe black raspberry and kirsch interlaced with hints of wild herbs and black pepper spice.
Tradition Meets Exceptionality: The Benediction of Favorable Climate
The 2018 vintage in Rhone emanates exquisiteness that sets it apart from previous vintages. The challenges posed by Mother Nature were embraced by Chateau de Beaucastel with aplomb, crafting characterful wines that mirror the terrain they herald from.
The cooler nights bestowed a mineral freshness that adds an entrancing counterpoint to the warm, sun-drenched fruit intensity of this vintage. The result is a harmonious blend, vibrant yet complex and utterly enchanting.
This 2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape Hommage J Perrin from Chateau de Beaucastel represents what can be achieved when human ingenuity is coupled with benevolent climatic conditions. It stands not merely as a testament to the enveloping warmth of 2018, but as an enduring emblem of Rhone's winemaking prowess, rendering it an indispensable addition to any discerning wine investor's repertoire.
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Scores and tasting notes
Red-fruited and garrigue-laden, the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is glorious, showing remarkable complexity in its notes of cherries, raspberries and strawberries, all accented by hints of bay leaf, lavender and thyme, plus deeper bass notes of black olives, roasted meat, espresso, star anise and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and intense, it seems to have added structure since last year, with a firm matrix of tannins holding it all together and lingering on the lengthy finish. Put this Mourvèdre-based blend (approximately 60%) away for five or more years; it should drink well for a couple of decades beyond that.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2020