2010 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Expert Ratings
WS 96 points
RP 95 points
ST 94 points
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Beaucastel Vineyard Old Vines Greatest Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Since 1978!

Each region of France has its superstar estates. In Pauillac, it's Lafite Rothschild. In Pomerol, it's Château Pétrus. In Graves, it's Haut-Brion. On Burgundy's Côte de Nuits? Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

But for the wines of the southern Rhône Valley, home of the richest, most ethereally concentrated reds in the Old World, one family-owned estate sets the bar by which all others are measured: the Perrins' Château de Beaucastel.

On August 13th, 2013, due to a long-standing relationship with the Perrins' national importer, we landed our first Beaucastel offer. Our timing could not have been better. The extraordinary 2010 vintage in the Rhône — the highest-rated vintage in Wine Spectator history at 98 points — gave birth to the most monumental Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1978!

Never had the world's three most revered wine writers been so closely aligned. New Yorker Stephen Tanzer, surely the stingiest of the three, came in at 94 points, calling the Perrins' 2010 "Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented … Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality."

Robert Parker's 95-point rave sent collectors scrambling worldwide. The most influential wine writer in the history of the Rhône Valley described the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape as "a gorgeous wine … Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle," before suggesting that it won't hit its peak until sometime in the early 2040s!

But it would be James Molesworth at Wine Spectator who would apply the finishing touch. Molesworth, who may well prove to be Parker's southern Rhône heir apparent, called what the Perrins believe to be their greatest effort in 32 years "Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve … Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035." 96 points!

The 2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a gentle monster. Deep, dark ruby to the rim with explosive aromas of crushed-red-fruit preserves, sweet herbes de Provence, violets, and smoke. Massive on the attack, packed with a juicy mix of blackberry, black raspberry, kirsch, and earth. Terrifically dense and compact, even after three hours of air, the Perrins' 2010 plays it close to the vest, fending off oxygen effortlessly, seemingly hunkering down for a multi-decade rest in a cool cellar. The finish is textbook, featuring sturdy, sumptuous tannins, lively acidity (a hallmark of the vintage), and great persistence. Drink 2018-2040.



Tasting Notes

2010 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
"Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,500 cases made."
96 points -- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

"Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do."
95 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

"Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length."
94 points -- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

 

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