2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Ch. de Beaucastel

2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Ch. de Beaucastel

Product: 20091130940
2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, Ch. de Beaucastel

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Rhône 2009 - Berrys Recommends
Consistently excellent, the 2009 Coudoulet de Beaucastel again punches well above its humble Cotes du Rhone classification. With lots of ripe fruit and warm spice and a lovely balance and length, this is a real crowd pleaser.
(Fergus Stewart, BBR Fine Wine)

Made from all thirteen varieties, this wine includes Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah as majority shareholders but when one tastes the other grapes, one can see how carefully the edifice has been constructed. Counoise lends smoky, tannic complexity for example; conversely the Cinsault is soft and elegant, adding a feminine touch. The ensemble promises to be a classic Beaucastel wine, with black fruits, truffles, spice and bitter chocolate all evidenced. This is symphonic in scope.
(Simon Field MW BBR Buyer)
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About this WINE

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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Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache/Garnacha

Grenache (Noir) is widely grown and comes in a variety of styles. Believed to originate in Spain, it was, in the late 20th century, the most widely planted black grape variety in the world. Today it hovers around seventh in the pecking order. It tends to produce very fruity, rich wines that can range quite widely in their level of tannin.

In many regions – most famously the Southern Rhône, where it complements Syrah and Mourvèdre, among other grapes – it adds backbone and colour to blends, but some of the most notable Châteauneuf du Pape producers (such as Château Rayas) make 100 percent Grenache wines. The grape is a component in many wines of the Languedoc (where you’ll also find its lighter-coloured forms, Grenache Gris and Blanc) and is responsible for much southern French rosé – taking the lead in most Provence styles.

Found all over Spain as Garnacha Tinta (spelt Garnaxa in Catalonia), the grape variety is increasingly detailed on wine labels there. Along with Tempranillo, it forms the majority of the blend for Rioja’s reds and has been adopted widely in Navarra, where it produces lighter styles of red and rosado (rosé). It can also be found operating under a pseudonym, Cannonau, in Sardinia.

 

Beyond Europe, Grenache is widely planted in California and Australia, largely thanks to its ability to operate in high temperatures and without much water. Particularly in the Barossa Valley, there are some extraordinary dry-farmed bush vines, some of which are centuries old and produce wines of startling intensity.

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate90/100
Jancis Robinson MW
The Wine Advocate90/100
In total contrast, the 2009 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet red represents the essence of Provence in its notes of ground pepper, new saddle leather, lavender, kirsch, garrigue, and abundant red and black fruits. This complex, evolved, luscious red begs for a bloody grilled steak. With a creamy, medium to full-bodied texture, this gorgeous, complex, evolved wine should be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 31/10/2011 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW
30% Grenache, 30% Mourvdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault. Lovely pure fruit smells almost New World (at its best). Ripe but very well structured and still fluid. Dry long finish and very moreish.
(Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding MW & Tamlyn Currin- jancisrobinson.com, 19 Nov 2010) Read more