The characteristics of a great vintage
• Mourvèdre: 30%
• Grenache: 30%
• Syrah: 10%
• Counoise: 10%
• Cinsault: 5%
• Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne: 15%.
Between Orange and Avignon, Château de Beaucastel stretches over 110 hectares, in one single plot at the north of the Appellation. Beaucastel enjoys an exceptional terroir at the northern limit of the Appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. It is the archetype of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface, sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow exceptionally deep.
Vinification and ageing:
Each variety is harvested separately and manually.
Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enamelled concrete tanks for the oxydative grapes (all the others). Once the malolactic fermentation is finished, the Perrin family blends the different varieties. The blend is then aged in oak foudres (big casks) for a year before bottling.
Nearly black in colour. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, recalling red fruit, blackcurrants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender.
The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round reminiscent of figs, cherries, blackcurrants and stewed fruit, all with a great acidity despite the high temperatures in August. The tannins are present but very delicate.
This wine shows characteristics of a great vintage such as 2005 and 2007 with great ageing potential.
Alcohol level: 14.5°
The 2009 vintage exceeded all expectations with outstanding qualities owing to a hot and dry summer and an Indian summer during the harvest. This is the result of a year that presented all the ideal qualities for a great vintage. From autumn 2008 to the end of the winter 2009, abundant rainfall allowed the soil to top up on its hydrous reserves, which allowed the vines to resist the particularly dry summer later on in the year. The spring was also exceptional with cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels than usual. We had 31 days with minimum temperatures between 10 and 15°C and 170mm of rain between mid-April and mid-June. The summer beat all records with 24 days of temperatures above 35°C, 12 alone during the month of August. The temperatures were therefore higher than in 2009 with a lot of Mistral wind. These climatic conditions are reflected in the quality of the vintage, with extremely healthy grapes, a beautiful colour and great tannic structure.
Exceptional conditions give rise to exceptional reactions. 2009 is therefore one of the most premature vintages since the beginning of this century with flowering taking place between May 23rd and June 7th depending on the varieties followed by the first colorations (veraison) between July 11th and 25th. The organic farming methods used in the vineyard for many years have shown results in 2009. The outcome is the perfect regularity in the development of the vine throughout its cycle.
The harvest started on August 28th with Grenache Blanc and ended on September 28th with the last bunches of Mourvèdre. The exceptional quality of Mourvèdre in 2009 showed the extraordinary potential of these vines that are over 50 years old and planted in the most northern part of the Appellation. Harvesting was carried out in ideal conditions, with minimal sorting and the crop was organised according to the maturity of the different varieties. As is common, the yields at Beaucastel were inferior to the 35hl/ha authorised by the Appellation of Châteauneuf du Pape with an average of 28 hl/ha.
Around 15°C. If possible, decant the wine.