Every serious wine collector in the world is well acquainted with the Perrin family’s Château de Beaucastel. Since Robert Parker first began dropping 100-point scores on Beaucastel’s Châteauneuf-du-Papes, Beaucastel has set the bar by which all wines of the southern Rhône Valley are measured.
In the 2009-2011 vintages, the Perrins’ importer graced WineAccess with small allocations. But despite the strong partnership we’d forged with Vineyard Brands, when the Wine Advocate’s review of the 2012 hit the web, it seemed our luck had run its course. Here’s why.
The very first sentence of the tasting note posted in October 2014 set the stage for a protracted negotiation: “What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets.”
The Wine Advocate’s 96-point rating — the highest rating attributed to Beaucastel’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1989 — hit us right where it hurts. Fifteen days later, we called the importer, expecting the worst.
“The waiting list is a mile long,” we were told firmly, if politely.
“So how do we butt in line?” we pushed back.
In January 2015, we offered a segment of our membership (those who had purchased Beaucastel in the past, as well as other Châteauneuf-du-Pape buyers) a small taste of the Perrins’ 2012. Then, every three months thereafter, we called, emailed, and texted Johnny C at Vineyard Brands, asking for more.
Good things come to those who wait.
Once again, our good friend Johnny C hasn’t forgotten about the little guy. What are friends for???
The 2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a MASTERPIECE, one of the three greatest bottlings ever to come off this biodynamically farmed oasis. Purple-black in hue, with explosive aromas of black raspberry, licorice, thyme, tobacco, and savory meats. Rich, dense, and voluptuous on the attack, boasting a powerhouse mix of black- and red-fruit preserves and dried cherry, doused with framboise liqueur and a splash of kirsch. Finishing with dusty tannins that argue, as Parker suggested, for “two decades” of cellar slumber.
$125 on release. $78.99 this morning — the LOWEST delivered price in America. Shipping included on 3. The LAST of our allocation of the vintage is now up for grabs.
Certainly reminds me of some of the great vintages that the Château has produced. I think it's similar to the 95 in style with a little more power
Excellent wine, 5 stars.
Great stuff. Had this at dinner with the family and everyone raved!
Outstanding wine from Southern Rhone. Deep and tasty.
Pop and pour with a perfect cork. While still just a "baby" at only ~2.5 years of cellaring (as of OCT 2017), this CdP was nonetheless outstanding. Nose was mostly muted, which isn't surprising given that it wasn't decanted and is still so young, and several companions noted that there was no (expected) "French Funk", which is mostly a positive. Still very young and primary, with loads of delicious, juicy ripe red fruits on the attack, and a terrific mouth-coating unctuousness. The mid-palate had notes of black pepper and cherries jubilee (sweet cherry, burnt brown sugar, and a hint of kirschwasser), with zero green/herbal notes to be found. Still noticeably tannic, with a wonderfully long finish. Explosive fruit, bright acidity, and pronounced chewy tannins were very balanced. I think this only needs a little more time for the aromatics to come into play, but it's drinking beautifully right now if you like your Beaucastel young. Supposedly 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, and 9 other varietals rounding out the final 15%. Very highly recommended, and will only get better with additional cellar time!
Visited Beaucastel in May and tasted the 2012 amoung other vintages. The 2012 was very good. The price you charged for the wine was about the same as buying the wine in Chateau-neuf and having it shipped to Virginia. I bought from you and my husband bought from Beaucastel.
This is very good, but lacks the intensity of older vintages of Beaucastel (2000, 2005, 2010). I think it will evolve quite nicely for a number of years and become much more complex.
How I want all my Chateneau du Papes to be! Round, good mouthfeel, lots of heft on the back after swallowing. No negatives.
Fun french wine at a reasonable price.
Have not yet tried this one. Think it needs to be cellared a little more.
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