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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2020

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 98 Points
Country:France
Regions:Rhone
Chateauneuf du Pape
Winery:Beaucastel
Grape Type:Roussanne
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is made from 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc and Clairette, 10% Piquepoul Blanc, Picardan and Bourboulenc

The story :
The production of white wine at Beaucastel is limited as we only have 7 hectares of white vines planted. The main variety is Roussanne, representing 80% of the blend.


The vintage :
The 2020 vintage in Southern Rhône was favoured by very good weather conditions, it is a generous vintage, both in terms of quality and quantity. Not as hot as in 2019, this year was very windy, throughout the growing cycle, with light rainfalls. After a fairly mild winter (one single episode of frost was noted during the night of March 24, but only the early ripening plots were very slightly affected). The spring was radiant, quite warm and very windy, which allowed the soils to preserve their freshness. Flowering began on May 18, under very healthy conditions. The good weather continued in June, July and August, with plenty heat but lower temperatures than in 2019, cool and humid nights and wind which continued to blow, preserving the freshness of the vines and maintaining perfect sanitary conditions for the grapes. The harvest, which was fairly early, therefore began under these very good conditions on August 26 with the white Côtes-du-Rhône and continued until the end of September with the Mourvèdre. September was warm at the beginning of the month and then more temperate, offering idyllic harvest conditions and allowed each plot to be harvested at perfect maturity. The harvest was very healthy with beautiful juicy and very ripe grapes, reasonable alcohol levels, good acidity and already a great balance. Yields are slightly higher than 2019 and the first tastings predict a very nice vintage.


Location :
Château de Beaucastel has 7 hectares of white varieties.


Terroir :
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).


Ageing :
Handpicked in small cases, sorting of the grapes, pneumatic pressing, settling of the juice, fermentation (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks) for 8 months. Bottling after 8 months.


 

Review:

"Closed for now, with apricot and a touch of crème anglaise. Full-bodied but not massive, this has plenty of tension that keeps things neat, a shining beam of acidity running through it. Real length and intensity here, it's remarkably saline this year, displaying great power and balance. 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache Blanc and Clairette, 10% Piquepoul Blanc, Picardan and Bourboulenc. Part of the blend was matured in two and three-year-old barriques for one year."
Decanter 98 Points


Winery: Beaucastel

An estate with worldwide recognition, Château de Beaucastel’s history dates back to 1549, when Pierre de Beaucastel purchased the land and built a manor house. In 1909, another Pierre -- Pierre Traminer-- purchased the estate, which he later transferred to his son-in-law Pierre Perrin. Today, the fourth and fifth generation of Perrins run the famed wine estate. Throughout the generations the family’s values have remained: absolute respect for land and terroir; biodynamic culture as a philosophy of life; and the research of truth, balance, and elegance. Pioneers in their innovative approach to organic farming in 1950 and then biodynamic farming in 1974, Famille Perrin has the deep conviction that the grapes must have flavors to make an expressive wine. The vineyards of Château de Beaucastel are located on historic land where each of the 13 approved grapes varietals of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation are planted. Château de Beaucastel covers 315 acres. 250 acres are planted with vines, three-quarters in the AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the remaining one-quarter in the AOC Côtes du Rhône. The art of blending is key at Château de Beaucastel, both the blending of talents of each family member and blending the 13 grapes to produce these exceptional Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. They are in the process of renovating and rebuilding the winery’s cellar with an ecological focus, including a project to harness the cooling effect of the region's notorious 'Mistral' wind to limit the use of artificial air conditioning and bring down current cellar temperatures from 14°C to a desired 12°C. Once accomplished, the winery will be one of the most advanced in regard to environmental practices

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