Chateau de Beaucastel can be found in the north-east of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where their 100 hectares of goblet trained vines stand in the sun-baked, galet covered soils. Evidence of the chateau dates back to 1549 and to this day has been family owned and operated.
Beaucastel farm organically, and have for many years, with a push towards biodynamics. They have never taken the easy option in terms of vine management, or winemaking processes. And their experience, strong values and hard work all shine through in the quality and beauty of their wines.
As we were taken through the winery, it was incredible to see the precision of processes, cleanliness of environment, and beauty of the space. If I was a grape, I would love for my conversion to juice and wine to take place there.
If you were thinking of visiting Beaucastel, you may be out of luck. They unfortunately aren’t open to the public and only take in a few pre-arranged visits each year. Basically they are too busy producing great wine. However you can experience their wines, which are available in the UK, at Berry Brothers or Seckford Wines. If quality smooth, sumptuous reds or textured and layered whites are your tipple, then sampling Beaucastel is essential.
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Counoise vines at Beaucastel on the beautiful galets roules river stones
100% Roussanne from 85-100 year old vines! Layered, long and exciting. Full of tension, rich and fresh, supple and sprightly.
The stunning chateau.
The quiet, contemplative and cathedral-like cave.
Thousands of hand stacked bottles.
Our tasting line-up
The mystery vintage of Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It was the 2001. Prune, fig, sweet cigar smoke, roasted thyme and rosemary, truffles, sumptuous and silky.
Coudoulet de Beaucastel offers fantastic value. The vines are just over the road from where the Chateauneuf-du-Pape boundary ends. The grapes are treated with the same love and care, but the wine must be labelled Cotes du Rhone.
Our wine tasting team.
2013 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape; Soft, dense and rich with dark cherry, blueberry, plum, liquorice, tamarind, forest floor; DIVINE
Blending in the Beaucastel winery.
2014 Coudoulet de Beaucastel blanc; cream, apple, pear, melon, vanilla, toast, elegant and refined.
It now seems like ages ago that I was stomping my way around a winery in Marlborough. They say the best way to fight the jet lag is to keep moving and busy. So with that in mind I hopped right back into work and presented at the West London Wine School Syrah grape debate last Tuesday evening. Hence the purple glow around my gums. Such an attractive look people, you must try it.
2014 Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah; vibrant and spied with mocha and sweet cigar
2013 Qupe Central Coast, vibrant red fruit, clean and linear with delicacy
Elephant Hill 2014 Hawkes Bay Syrah; big and bold with smoked meats, vegetal and herbal notes; powerful
Joseph Swan 2008 Russian River Valley Syrah, still youthful with cooked cherry, spiced plum, pepper and cassis. Gorgeous.