A Rare Collectable for Select Clients
I have secured a very special library release of the 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape red. Back in June, while visiting wineries in France, I had the distinct pleasure of tasting through a vertical of Beaucastel. Out of 10 vintages tasted (2006-2015), the 2009 stood out as the most beautiful to drink right now — with clear cellaring potential. My efforts to secure an allocation directly from the winery have paid off and the wine will arrive in November. A blend of all 13 classic Châteauneuf grape varieties, this Beaucastel is lavish, rich, and velvety — offered at $115 per bottle with shipping included and guaranteed provenance and cellar-direct condition. Secure your share now.
In the early 1990s, I took part in a comparative tasting of Châteauneuf du Pape from the 1989 and 1990 vintages. Included in that tasting were heavyweights like Château Rayas and Vieux Télégraph, but from both vintages the Beaucastel was my favorite and has been ever since. I’ve made a point to buy bottles from every vintage because no matter the year, Beaucastel delivers an amazing balance of power and elegance, with an ethereal animal quality. A true meditation wine, great with hearty meat dishes, but I prefer it with simple cheeses to let the wine shine.
Beaucastel is distinctive among Châteauneuf for its high percentage of Mourvèdre. An early adopter of biodynamic farming, they fully embrace all 13 permitted grape varieties of Châteauneuf — listed in our Wine Facts section — and use of massal selections rather than clones in the vineyards, which in turn delivers excruciatingly low yields, and massive concentration of flavors. Once harvested, and the grapes are pressed, the wine ages in 500-litre oak casks with light egg-white fining, but no filtration. The result is a wine of incredible depth, finesse, complexity and longevity.
The pundits love the 2009 Beaucastel as much as I do — both James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s former Rhône correspondent, Jeb Dunnuck (now of his eponymous review site), awarded this wine 96 points. The Wine Spectator rating makes it the equal second-highest-rated Beaucastel ever, surpassing only by the legendary 1989 vintage that was the standout wine in my original great Châteauneuf tasting all those years back.
Master of Wine