Chateau de Beaucastel   Chateauneuf Du Pape

2009 Chateauneuf Du Pape

By Chateau de Beaucastel

2009 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone

The 2009 vintage of this venerable name in Rhone winemaking is a spectacle of harmonious integration, grace, and fervour. Hailing from the magical confines of Chateau de Beaucastel, this beautiful rendition captivates the senses and illustrates why the 2009 Chateauneuf Du Pape is an unmissable keystone in an astute wine portfolio.

 

A Tapestry of Elegance and Power - A design for Investors

The composition synergizes a bouquet of 13 traditional grape varieties with Grenache and Mourvèdre speaking loudest. The versatility that these varietals boast lends an unmistakable uniqueness to this wine which flows effortlessly. The creation process, traditional yet meticulous, nurtured this vintage to reveal an enchanting personality not unlike a merchant's dream investment.

A swirl and a sip bring forth recollections of blackberries, crushed redcurrants, ripe plum with memorable wafts of sage, liquorice, and pepper - a cocktail that tempts the palate while audaciously commanding investor attention.

 

Warm Winds Wound Wonders: Unearthing the Provenance

Climate conditions play an astronomically pivotal role in shaping overall wine aspects. For the 'Rest of the World' regions such as Rhone, favourable conditions bring an abundance of lustrous qualities. The year 2009 enjoyed a particularly balmy growing season with much-loved warm winds swathing the vineyards.

Sweeping gently across the grand vines of Chateau de Beaucastel - a historic domain straddling gravel terraces and clay plateaus - these winds helped to craft what could be referred to as a masterpiece vintage; ripe, bold and unforgettably robust.

This robust Chateauneuf Du Pape, a fluid testament to winemaking resilience, is a beam that threads through the varied fabric of any smart wine investment portfolio. Echoing the best from Rhone region, it's a poetry born from vine to bottle; guaranteeing rapture for the senses and security for the discerning investor.

The perfect fusion of delicious complexity and monolithic certainty places the 2009 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel as an undeniable cornerstone for an investors' temple of dreams. Like the rogue gust to the wind chime, this vintage evokes a harmonised symphony of delight in taste, financial portfolio and future prospect.

Market price (GBP)

£690.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

49.29

Scores and tasting notes

94

The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin as well as their four sons, Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu, have quickly become the dominate wine producers of the entire southern Rhone Valley. They have expanded their operation even further by partnering with the Jaboulets. Now having over 1,200 acres in vine and extensive contracts, this is a high quality locomotive, great news for consumers seeking a range of top quality red and white wines in all price ranges. The Perrins’ greatest success is undeniably their enormous quantities of high quality, inexpensive wines called La Vieille Ferme, a white from the Cotes du Luberon and a red from the Cotes du Ventoux. The Perrins are now the top producers of wines from the cool climate southern Rhone appellation of Vinsobres, located in the northern sector of the region and meaning “sober wine.” In 2008, the Perrins purchased one of the better estates in Gigondas, Clos des Tourelles, a 25 acre property located at the southern end of the village from which they make two cuvees. True stars in the Perrin portfolio are the white and red Cotes du Rhone from their estate called Coudoulet which is adjacent to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. As longtime readers know, Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, although in Chateauneuf du Pape the rather dramatic amelioration of quality that has taken place with white winemaking has given them more competition than they had a decade ago. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2011

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