2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

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2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Roussanne, Vieilles Vignes, Château de Beaucastel, Rhône

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Our 2012 Rhône Vintage Recommendation: Favourite Southern Rhône
The 85-year-old vines, which yield just 15 hl/ha, give this enigmatic wine its unreservedly serious bearing. Compact to taste, yet giving enough away to hint at the sheer variety of flavours still to come. Drink this monumental wine up to 2017, then ride the hibernation years through to 2022 when it will emerge as something very different and quite spell-binding. A remarkable wine.
Tom Cave, Cellar Plan Manager

One of the undisputed great white wines of the world, Beaucastel Vieilles Vignes is a 100% Roussanne from a single plot which was planted in 1909. Of a deep golden hue and with fascinating aromatics, which seem to marry exoticism and austerity, the wine’s complexity is redoubled on the palate where the tension between latent freshness and underlying richness is played out with beguiling candour.  The wine will live several different lives, each one equally fascinating.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

It is hard not to like the Perrins, be it the genial Marc, the technical Pierre, the urbane François, or any other member of this extended and delightful family. The winery evokes a cathedral, rather like some of the Bodegas in Jerez, with its crypt full of maturing bottles which almost recalls Champagne. Most impressive of all, however, is the honesty, humility and industry of the whole team, who will never rest on their laurels. The happy corollary of this is the quality of the wines, which, amazingly, just keeps getting better and better…


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Wine Advocate97/100
Wine Advocate97/100
Even more impressive and coming from a single parcel of vines planted in 1909, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is an off-the-hook effort and certainly the greatest white produced in the Southern Rhone. Offering up exuberant and perfumed notes of marmalade, buttered citrus, orange rind and lavender, this full-bodied voluptuously textured white has knockout richness thats balanced by gorgeous purity and freshness. Always showing brilliantly in their youth, this cuvee can shut down and be hard to judge when (or if) it will come back around. Per the Perrin family, every vintage goes through this stage and re-emerges at some point. You can drink them in their exuberant youth (which is my recommendation), or cellar them and hope for the best. Drink now-2018+
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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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Roussanne

Roussanne

Roussanne is one of the most important white grape varieties in the Rhône Valley. It is a particularly pernickety grape to cultivate being a notoriously low yielder as well as being highly susceptible to rot. It is difficult to ripen, and seemingly prone to oxidation at every opportunity. Roussanne's name comes from its russet-coloured skin and it produces richly aromatic wines, often with fruit characteristics of lime and blossom.

In the northern Rhône it is typically blended with Marsanne to produce the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray. Generally Marsanne is the dominant partner and it lends colour, body and weight to the blend, as well as richly scented fruit, while Roussanne contributes bouquet, delicacy and finesse.

It is grown less extensively in the southern Rhône although it is one of the permitted varieties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. There are plantings of Roussanne in the Languedoc and Rousillon and in the last decade the grape have been cultivated with particular success in California, where it is produced both as a single varietal and as a component of Rhône-style blends.

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