The vintage :
The vintage started with a long winter and one of the driest ones in the past years followed by an inexistent Spring. The crop development was very slow due to important climatic variations. The winemakers’ work was therefore crucial to get good quality grapes in small quantities. 2013 was a complicated vintage and late but is wonderfully balanced and is very promising.
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.
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Château de Beaucastel is 110 hectares, with one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep.
Beaucastel grows all thirteen grape varieties authorised by the appellation.
Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enamelled concrete tanks for the Oxydative grapes (all the others). Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Famille Perrin blends the different varieties. The blend is then aged in oak Foudres for a year before being bottled.
Cinsault : 5%
Counoise : 10%
Grenache : 30%
Mourvèdre : 30%
Syrah : 10%
Tasting video :
This year Syrah and Mourvedre presented beautifully. Harvested at perfect maturity, the Grenache brings power and body to this vintage. Our 2013 has more of a northern style than southern. Rich, deep colours, the nose has complex notes of black fruit and cocoa, tobacco and mild spices. The mouth is full-‐bodied and long, the tannins are rich and soft with a beautiful persistent finish.
Around 15°C. If possible, decant the wine.
Looking at the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape, I was able to taste the individual components, with each showing fantastic depth and richness. The Mourvedre is the star of the show and had blockbuster levels of concentration and depth, with perfectly ripe tannin.
While certainly not a Grenache year, even this variety showed well here, and it’s obvious that the multiple
passes through the vineyard during harvest and then multiple sorts in the winery paid off. This should come together beautifully in bottle and be one of the vintage's strongest efforts.
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, Note : 92/100, 2016-11-15
While not the most structured vintage of Beaucastel, this is a full-bodied, creamy textured rendering of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Finely detailed notes of plum, thyme and leather mark the nose, while the flavors are ripe almost to the point of jamminess.
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, Note : 93/100, 2016-05-01
Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit liqueur aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and cola. Broad, sweet and fleshy, offering concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors enlivened by juicy acidity and a peppery spice nuance. Tightens up slowly on the youthfully tannic, focused finish, which clings with resonating spiciness and outstanding tenacity.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Note : 92/100, 2016-04-06
Another stunner from Famille Perrin. Bright, fresh and elegant with re ned red berry fruit and clean avors of ripe plum and soft spice; shows great aging potential. 30% Grenache, 30% Mouvèdre, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, with others.
Anthony Dias, The Tasting Panel, Note : 94/100, 2016-04-01
Quite a mouthful of Beaucastel with more warm, figgy fruit than memory generally serves. The surfeited structure can’t be denied but the advanced, occupied territory reminds of 1988. This ’13 may be viewed as acting with similar haste when it will have reached the age of 25, in earth-crusted caramel and sweet fruit scooped from a forest floor. Up until five years before then it will always have ripe red berries, spice accents, anise and the veritable design of garrigue.
nky ruby. Expressive aromas of cherry, black raspberry, licorice and smoky minerals, with a dark chocolate element building slowly. Then tightly wound and focused on the palate, offering intense flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry and candied flowers. Powerful but at the same time quite elegant, finishing with wonderful clarity and length and smooth tannins.
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Note : 92-94/100, 2015-05-01
We also tasted a few components of the 2013, still separate. The Grenache shows a light red berry character, with bouncy acidity and a red cherry and pomegranate core that lacks a little stuffing (typically of Grenache in 2013). The Syrah is very vivid though, with pastis and violet notes and lots of flesh. The Mourvèdre is remarkably sleek, rather than it's usual leathery self, with Turkish coffee aroma and beautiful cassis fruit. A cask with Muscardin, Terret, Vaccarèse and Bourboulenc blended together is very peppery, with lots of bay and leather notes—it's the spice to season the blend with.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 2014-07-07