Chateau de Beaucastel   Chateauneuf Du Pape

2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape

By Chateau de Beaucastel

2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone

The 2007 vintage of Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel acts as a vibrant testament to the marriage of soulful terroir and exceptional vintner's craft. An unquestionably excellent vintage, this instance is reflective of the unequalled consortium of nature's brute force and the exquisite finesse over the winemaking process personified by the mastery at Chateau de Beaucastel.

 

Epitome of a Grand Cru Rhone Vintage

The year 2007 in Rhone was marked by optimal conditions leading up to harvest, with warm sunny days and cool evenings offering the perfect balance, thus imparting a hallmark vibrancy to this wine. It is this meteorological precision that sets the 2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape apart from its other yearly counterparts. Notably, elements such as this make Rhone grapes, particular Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah in this equity-like investment.

No other varietal blend could have reacted so profoundly to these conditions like the classic assembly found in a typical Chateauneuf Du Pape. The ripe, full-bodied Grenache set against the more stoic Mourvèdre and spicy Syrah nuances brings forth a bell curve-like symphony of flavours.

 

A Wine Tasting Experience Resplendent in Fruit, Spice and Everything Nice

This wine exudes expansive aromas of mature black fruit, sweet Asian spices intertwined with rustic undertones of garrigue all pointing towards its Rhone ancestry. On the palate, it presents an admiral balance displaying lush dark fruits and well-integrated Esprit de Beaucastel typical peppery spices, all leading to a lengthily orchestrated finish.

Prominent upfront acidity and lingering tannins create the perfect environs for this wine to rest and develop over time. Hence, the 2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel is an exemplary proposition for wise wine investment, promising to unfold its splendour with time.

In closing, this wine exemplifies the magic that happens when climatic harmony convenes with winemaking ingenuity, both of which Chateau de Beaucastel are famed in profusion for. This vintage brings forth a seamless amalgam of nature's uncontrolled expression and the artist's directed finesse. A testament to a year's tale, the 2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel is a harmonious concerto of sensory delight and an undisputed asset in any discerning wine investor’s portfolio.

Market price (GBP)

£700.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

43.75

Scores and tasting notes

96

Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. One of the great estates of the Rhone Valley, Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu. Beaucastel has nearly 200 acres in vine in Chateauneuf du Pape, and they have branched out with an impressive operation under the Perrin et Fils label, purchasing grapes and acquiring land (in Vinsobres and Gigondas, for example). Their goal is to become the most recognized name for high quality wines in the southern Rhone. As shrewd consumers know, one of the best values in under $10 a bottle wine is La Vieille Ferme. The Perrin et Fils cuvees include wines made from purchased grapes as well as their new acquisitions in Vinsobres, Gigondas (25 acres), and the Cotes du Rhone village of Cairanne (35 acres). The Perrins enjoyed tremendous success with their 2008 red wines, largely because yields ranged between 18 hectoliters per hectare for Beaucastel, to only 20 hectoliters per hectare for Coudoulet. The mildew that affected everyone was the culprit. The entire family acknowledged there was an extraordinary triage and culling out of the grapes at the sorting tables. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2009

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