Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2006

This vintage, full-bodied and round offers all the characteristics of an exceptional vintage: lots of fruit and spice and great ageing potential. It is a wine that will be exquisite in the next 15-20 years.

Presentation

The vintage
A great vintage, this year is characterised by the contrast between an extremely hot July and a very cool August.
September experienced heat and two heavy rain pours during the first half of the month. This did not hurt the quality of the vintage and we were able to harvest late with the beautiful Indian summer lasting until mid October.
Description
Château de Beaucastel has long been considered one of the great wines of France. It is unanimously renowned for its balance, elegance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an extraordinary terroir at the Northern end of the appellation with heavy exposure to the Mistral. All 13 varieties of the appellation have been organically grown here since the sixties.
Situation
Châteauneuf du Pape, between Orange and Avignon, Château de Beaucastel red is a 70-hectare vineyard.
Terroir
Château de Beaucastel is 110 hectares, with one single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is archetypal 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.
Beaucastel grows all thirteen grape varieties authorised by the appellation.
Process
Each variety is harvested manually and separately. Vinification is completed in truncated oak barrels for the reductive grapes (Mourvèdre and Syrah) and in traditional tiled cement tanks for the oxidative grapes (such as Grenache). After the malolactic fermentations, the family blends the different varieties and then the wine ages in oak Foudres for a year before bottling.
Grapes
Cinsault : 5%
Grenache : 30%
Mourvèdre : 30%
Vaccarèse, Terret noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne : 15%
Counoise : 10%
Syrah : 10%

Tasting advices

Tasting
Colour: dark and deep ruby with purple undertones.
Nose: very rich with ripe black fruit, cherry, fig and slightly smoky.
Mouth: round and powerful, great balance between the tannins and the body, with notes of red fruit.
Good ageing potential
Service
15°C and if possible decant before serving.

Reviews and Awards

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The 2006 vintage is airy; nice colour, animal notes on the nose, and a balanced mouth between acidity and softness.
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A crisp wine with a great texture that make this vintage very elegant.
Drink now
Stand the bottle upright 48 hours before serving to avoid any deposit
Note: 16,5/20
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Mid to pale crimson. Sweet and flirtatious. Transparent. Doesn’t taste 14.5% at all! There is fesh acidity here and a certain meat-and-two-veg quality. You could enjoy it already although I’d be inclined to wait for more aromatic complexity to develop.
Note: 95/100
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Medium to deep garnet colour. Pretty perfume of freshly crushed raspberries / blackberries with nuances of wet leaves, cinnamon and white pepper. The medium to full bodied palate provides a good concentration of juicy berry fruit countered by medium to high acidity and a medium level of velvety tannins. Wonderfully balanced. Long finish with notes of white pepper. 13.4% alcohol. Drink 2010 - 2030. Tasted August 2009.
Note: 95/100
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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.