Chateau de Beaucastel   Chateauneuf Du Pape

2011 Chateauneuf Du Pape

By Chateau de Beaucastel

2011 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone, Rest of the World

The 2011 vintage of the Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel offers a captivating example of why this esteemed producer's creations are lauded as a cornerstone in the impressive world of fine wine investing. Famed for their prowess in creating wines that are both expressive and timeless, this particular 2011 vintage positively dances to this alluring rhythm.

 

Taste and Transparency, Investment Integrity

Driving home the Roger family’s commitment to quality is this wine's transparent showcase of the Rhone region's terroir. As with truly great vintages, it reflects a precise moment in time, testament to the meticulously balanced 2011 growing season that boasted optimal sunlight exposure and evenly dispersed rainfall.

Yet beneath the surface, you'll find an undeniable complexity that stands as a testament to the winemaker's art. An inspired blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the remaining fraction divided among the other permitted varieties of the region, every sip offers a chance to explore vast gustatory landscapes.

 

A Year Honored in Wine

The 2011 vintage was noted for its finesse over power—a delicate dance well reflected in this Chateauneuf Du Pape. Red fruits prevail on the nose while on the palate; nuances of spice, bright cherries and plums covered by an enchanting veil of soft tannins and just-right acidity tell a delightful tale.

The year was one where patience yielded an impressive reward for those bold enough to invest in time and faith in nature’s unpredictability. The dominance of Mourvèdre lends the wine weight and depth, grounding the lively Grenache and adding a velvety contrast to the Counoise's floral touches.

The 2011 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel is not a simple tale of fruit and spice, but rather a narrative spun by many contributing factors—the weather, soil, painstaking grape selection, and careful aging.

In essence, the return on investment extends well beyond financial gains—it is an investment in a sensory experience that echoes a year beautifully captured in liquid form. An embodiment of grace, precision and an enduring dedication to quality, it stands as an affirmation of why Chateau de Beaucastel continues to be revered among discerning wine investors worldwide.

Market price (GBP)

£540.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

38.57

Scores and tasting notes

94

Reminiscent of a lighter weight 2009, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up a sweet bouquet of spiced black cherries, plum, truffle, saddle leather and underbrush. Coming from tiny yields (which were down 50% from 2010), this medium to full-bodied 2011 is gorgeously textured and has solid mid-palate depth, terrific purity of fruit and ripe tannin. Relatively approachable and enjoyable even now, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. Drink 2015-2031. Covering a full 175 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, with significant holdings throughout the Southern Rhone (mostly vinified at and released under their Famille Perrin brand), Chateau De Beaucastel is a benchmark estate that excels at all price points. Looking at the wines reviewed here, 2011 is surprisingly strong (especially for the Chateauneufs) and with their perfumed aromatics and supple textures, they show a lot of similarities to the 2009s. The 2012s as a whole show more freshness and purity, with good concentration, and should require more bottle age to come around. Both vintages are worth seeking out. Looking at the 2011s across the board, all of which were in bottle, it appears to be a strong vintage here. While the vintage suffered due to uneven ripening in the Grenache, it was actually a solid vintage for Mourvedre and this shows, particularly in the Chateauneufs. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 October 2013

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