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Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape, 2006


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The history of Chateauneuf-du-Pape is now well known in the wine trade. It has over a millennia of wine making lineage and of course the deep connections to Catholicism and the Papacy. French wine experts will also point out that it was the first organized Appellation or AOC in France in 1923. But despite the history and prestige it was only in the last few decades that the wines of Chateauneuf became popular and highly regarded here in the U.S.

The reasons for the quick rise of CDP in the States are numerous, but the ascendency of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate in the late 1980's and early '90s coupled with his close relationship and admiration of the Perrin Family and their famous Chateau de Beaucastel is a top contender.

Indeed the wines of Beaucastel must be given ample credit for Chateauneuf's global popularity. The Perrin family has, through hard work and smart investment, become one of the largest vineyard owning and wine producing families in France. But their flagship and original property is that of Beaucastel.

The wines produced at this Chateau epitomize "classic" Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The property is relatively large but all the vines have been farmed organically for over 50 years. The geology is classic galets (river stones) over sand, clay and limestone. The winemaking is also classic with a combination of oak and cement fermentation followed by extended aging in barrels before bottling.

The results are wines that are both powerful and rich yet balanced perfectly with structure and acidity. They age very well. The combination of fruit, weight and texture makes them recognizable to California wine lovers (another reason for CDP's popularity) yet they have gamey, savory undertones that make them unique and exotic.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 95
"The 2006 Beaucastel shows the textbook character of a mature Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It has expansive raspberry and cherry scents with suggestions of succulent herbs, pungent flowers, cigar box and just a hint of earth. Given the high percentage of Mourvèdre (almost a third of the blend), I would have thought that the earthy aspect would have been more pronounced, but that is not the case here. The 2006 is silky in texture, and the suave blend of depth and energy highlights its red fruit along with floral pastille and baking spice flavors. It finishes extremely long and precise, with superb clarity and just a hint of finely polished tannins adding gentle grip. Beaucastel often shows some gamy character when the wines are young; however, the 2006 did not in barrel nor after it was bottled, and there’s no trace of it now. I noted almost twelve years ago that this was a wine that “beguiles rather than brutalizes”, and I’m happy with that assessment today." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 95
"As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Châteauneuf 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." -Robert Parker

Jancis Robinson

JR 17.5
"Very attractive overripe fruit aroma with a touch of compost and farmyard – yet not overtly bretty or funky. Balanced, rounded, succulent and finely balanced – this is a great example of the style in the prime of its life, full of fruit but showing tertiary development too."

Wine Spectator

WS 95
"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."


  • Grape Variety

    Red Blend

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Elegant , Rich

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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