2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

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2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

Description

The 30% Mourvèdre is evident in the generous colour and savoury nose of the 2006; a big and powerful wine, with tar, liquorice and bonfire in support of the dense black fruit, the sweetness of which is thus far enigmatically and subtly shrouded. All will be revealed!
(Simon Field M.W. - Rhône Buyer)
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Chateau de Beaucastel

Chateau de Beaucastel

Château de Beaucastel is one of the most consistently impressive properties in the south of France and a worthy flag-bearer for its famous appellation. The main challenge of the 2019 vintage was the deluge of rain at the start of the season and the relative drought which followed. However, the Perrin family’s largely organic and biodynamic approach coupled with a very high average vine age meant they were more able to balance the yo-yo effects of the seasons. While we offered their full range upon release back in November 2020, we kept a little of two wines back to include alongside our wider Rhône offering. The 2019s are true to the vintage, individual terroirs and the Perrin/Beaucastel traditions, offering complexity alongside balance and structure.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre, aka Monastrell in Spain, is a common blending partner of Syrah and Grenache (aka Garnacha in Spain). In Australia and California it can also appear under the name Mataro.

Mourvèdre's bastion in France is Bandol, where it reigns supreme in the red blends and yielding a savoury, gamey, herby wine. It also commonly features in Southern Rhône, Languedoc & Rousillon blends. 

The grape needs a warm climate to ripen fully. Its stronghold in Spain are the appellations along the south-east Mediterranean(Murcia, Jumilla, Bullas), where it produces rosé, dry red and sweet fortified wines. Monastrell has played a significant part in Spain’s vinous heritage; it nurtures wines that are deep in colour and richly tannic, sometimes overbearing in their intensity and concentration

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate95/100
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Wine Spectator 95/100
Robert Parker95/100
The Wine Advocate95/100
As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastels 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 30/10/2008 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
Rather like the 2006s from Jaboulet, this wine is noticeably – determinedly? – fresher and cleaner on the nose than some previous vintages used to be. I wonder if this is the Pascal Chatonnet effect? Not at all ‘hot’, the 2006 is very slightly muted on the nose (not a trace of the horsiness for which Beaucastel has in the past been reproached) and then extremely sweet and glamorous on the palate - fantastic polish with very fine tannins on the finish and a suggestion that there is a great deal still to be expressed. There’s lift at the end but it needs to take on flesh in the mid to end palate before it really delivers on its undoubted promise.
(Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - 30-Apr-2008) Read more
Wine Spectator 95/100
Powerful, with a round, almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry fruit all layered with cocoa, sweet toast, mesquite and fig paste. Long and rich through the finish. Still quite primal, with lots in reserve. Best from 2010 through 2030. 7,500 cases imported.
(James Molesworth - Wine Spectator - Apr-2009) Read more
Robert Parker95/100
As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct-2008) Read more