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Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Colour: pale yellow. Nose: acacia flowers, honey. Palate: very rich and smooth.

Chateau de Beaucastel:
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" boug... Read more
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet". Later, the manor house that we know today was built here and you can still see the arms of the Beaucastel family sculpted in stone in one of walls of the drawingroom. The Beaucastels were among the more notable families of this little town and in 1687 Pierre de Beaucastel, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, was appointed "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV. The letter from Louis XIV, also signed by Colbert, to Pierre de Beaucastel is still in our possession. Two centuries later at the time of the phylloxera, the owner of Beaucastel was Elie Dussaud, a companion of Ferdinand de Lesseps who built the Suez Canal. In 1909 Pierre Tramier bought the property and Beaucastel then passed to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin, a scientist who considerably increased the vineyard holding. His efforts were continued by Jacques Perrin until 1978... Today the torch is carried by Jean Pierre and François, sons of Jacques. But Marc, Pierre, Thomas and Matthieu, who represent the fifth generation, are ready to pursue this fabulous family history. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
2.50 5
02/06/2013

Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts


Member Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

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Snooth User: Olivier
28906500
4.00 5
07/22/2007

Aromatic, some white flowers aromas. Fresh in mooth, you feel peach sirup, and it has a quite long finish. To pair with lobster.


External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Dark red color. Sweet, lush but energetic aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, rhubarb, espresso and damp earth. Silky and fine-grained, with a wonderfully suave texture and youthful, primary dark berry, singed cherry and licorice flavors. The very fine, dusty tannins perfectly frame the sweet, fresh red berry flavors. Finishes seamless and very long.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Like some rsquo;99s, itrsquo;s a bit leaner that the 2000s or 1998rsquo;s, but itrsquo;s well-made, with youthful exuberance of ripe fruit, toasted oak, grilled meat, smoked chestnuts and blood orange, ironlike notes. Best from 2005 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Thoroughly primal, with a torrent of raspberry and boysenberry fruit rushing forth. Only shows hints of its full range, with licorice, incense, graphite and mocha flavors fluttering in the background. Has an iron-clad structure, with a long finish that shows great cut and grip. Best from 2009 through 2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Beaucastelandrsquo;s 2001 is assertive and intense, its black fruit flavors acquiring leathery, peppery overtones. Its brooding power is complemented by a silky texture, and it finishes with ripe, suave tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical of Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Still closed and tight the 2003 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is ruby to the rim in color and offers up smoked black fruits assorted floral characteristics licorice truffle and big minerality to go with a full-bodied dense and chewy palate feel. Turning more spice-driven with air this beauty is just now entering the early stages of maturity and needs another 3-4 years in the cellar to fully shine. It should have another decade or so of prime drinking after that. Impressive! It is a big step up from the traditional cuvee. It is worth noting that this bottle developed subtle corky aromas over the evening. However even on the second day this was still subtle and dwarfed by the core of fruit hence my decision to still include this review. - Jeb Dunnuck Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Deep, dense red color. Vibrant aromas of cherry, wild herbs, fresh flowers and minerals. Energetic and sweet, showing no overripe qualities; offers a silky, suave texture and wonderfully pure red berry, fresh plum, kirsch and fig flavors. Those with an aversion to the funky, gamey character that can characterize Beaucastel in ”typical” vintages owe it to themselves to check this out. Clearly, the Perrins know what to do with grenache, even if it’s not their favorite grape.


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Colour: pale yellow. Nose: acacia flowers, honey. Palate: very rich and smooth.

Dietary Information: Organic


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