98-100 points – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
First made in 1989, Hommage à Jacques Perrin is one of the greatest expressions of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Made from a single plot of Château de Beaucastel’s oldest vines, planted in 1909, it’s a remarkable wine – and the 2018 vintage has just been released.
From a particularly warm and ripe year, the wine is unsurprisingly intense, layered and complex. Mainly Mourvèdre, with a sprinkling of Syrah, Grenache and Counoise, rich, dark fruit dominates the nose at the moment, with aromas of earth, florals and garrigue emerging from the glass with air. Bold and structured, yet amazingly fresh, this has decades ahead of it.
With only 6,000 bottles produced and unsurprisingly high scores, we anticipate demand to be extremely high.
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“Essence of framboise is joined by layers of garrigue-like complexity, rich, meaty notes and a generous dusting of Asian five spice blend in the stunning 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin. This is full-bodied but incredibly silky, combining great purity, richness and length into a seamless, elegant package that should give immense pleasure for decades to come. Drink 2025-2045.”
98-100 POINTS – JOE CZERWINSKI, WINE ADVOCATE
"Sleek, elegant and appealing even before you get your nose near the glass. Aromatically it is deep and rich, and then it revs up and takes off. Dense, compact and intense, zingy limestone vibrancy and grip. Winemakers say they are looking for balance all the time, but here you feel it, with tiny pulses of electricity that appear from beginning to end of the palate. Salinity on the finish with gunsmoke and extremely moreish blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a creamy texture as things open up. 50% new oak. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2028 - 2050"
98 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER
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"Vibrant damson in colour. I love the deep creaminess that is evident from the first nose, with hints of cocoa and gunsmoke. There is more clay here than at Canon; about 50% of the vineyard has a clay layer over the limestone whereas at Canon it is closer to 10%, meaning Berliquet is less ethereal, more urgent and powerful, still with precision and feathery chalky tannins. They have restored the underground limestone cellars for barrel ageing. A yield of 45hl/ha. 45% new oak, for what is the 2nd full year of the Canon team working the vineyard. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042"
93 POINTS - JANE ANSON, DECANTER