|As one of the benchmark estate of the Southern Rhone, Chateau de Beaucastel unsurprisingly made a superb and very desirable Chateauneuf du Pape in 2010. Ranked at number 8 in Wine Spectator’s top 100 of 2013, it is a great wine. It is ranked at number eight in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2013. This is an astonishing achievement, particularly for the very reasonable price point, and one that makes it all but essential for the collection. Alongside this is a big score from Rhone aficionado Robert Parker who awards this “gorgeous wine” 95 points. It is a brilliant performance from one of the Rhone Valley’s great domaines. With five years of age, it is just hitting its drinking window and will offer fabulous drinking now and for another two or even three decades.|
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Average critic rating : 95.0 points
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. ||As I said last year, the Perrin family is a large one indeed, with brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois sitting at the top of the hierarchy and their four sons, Mathieu, Pierre, Thomas and Marc increasingly taking charge of their negociant business and their extensive estates throughout Southern Rhone. Now controlling over 1200 acres, as well as having a network of contracts, this operation is the equivalent of a major Southern Rhone train operating at high speed. Moreover, they are doing some incredible work in all price ranges. Other 2011s that the Perrin boys have produced include the following wines, which were very good across the board, especially for 2011s. In particular, readers need to take a hard look at their estate in Vinsobres, which is making the finest wines of that appellation, and more recently, what they are doing in Gigondas with the estate they purchased there, Clos des Tourelles. These are special wines. There are now three cuvees of Gigondas from the Perrins - the Gigondas La Gille, the Gigondas Vieilles Vignes and the Gigondas Clos des Tourelles. All three merit serious attention. Tasting the 2010s, which were all set to go into bottle right after my visit, certainly shows that this vintage is impressive, although I'm not sure that Marc and Pierre Perrin haven't done as good a job with their selections in 2011. Three cuvees of Gigondas look to all have outstanding potential and will probably be in bottle by the time this report is published. Wine Advocate.October, 2012
Domaine Perrin was founded in 1997 by siblings Francois Perrin and Jean-Pierre in the southern Rhône valley in France. The domaine produces fantastic wines using organic methods, the red wines being largely Grenache based. The jewel in their estate holdings is Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape.
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