Chateau Beauchene Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

Beauchene

Learn everything about Chateau Beauchene Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and winemakers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Beauchene History, Overview

Chateau Beauchene is one of the older vineyards in the Southern Rhone Valley as the estate was originally founded in 1794! However, the Bernard family, the owner of Chateau Beauchene dates be even longer, as they can be traced all the way back to the 15th century.

Michele Bernard and Dominique Bernard have been in control of the estate since 1971. Today, their daughter Amandine Bernard is working with her parents at the property and it is expected that she will be placed in charge of managing the winery.

Chateau Beauchene Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Chateau Beauchene owns 8 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape and 72 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.

Chateau Beauchene produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape white wine.

Chateau Beauchene Vignoble la Serriere is made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The wine is aged for 12 months in used, French oak barrels before bottling. The production is limited with about 175 cases of wine produced per vintage.

Chateau Beauchene Grande Reserve is made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre. The vines average between 50 to 100 years of age. The terroir is a mix of galets and sand soils.

The wine is aged using a small portion of new, French oak casks, while the remainder of the wine is aged in used, French oak barrels and tanks for 18 months. The production is on average about 800 cases of this wine per year.

Chateau Beauchene Hommage a Odette Bernard is culled from the best barrels that would normally be placed in the Grande Reserve. The wine receives an extended period of barrel aging as well. The wine is produced by blending 85% Grenache with Mourvedre.

The terroir blends galets with sandy soils. The wine is aged using a small portion of new, French oak casks, while the remainder of the wine is aged in used, French oak barrels and tanks for 18 months.

Chateau Beauchene la Serriere Blanc is made from a blend of 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 20% Clairette. On average, the production is close to 125 cases of wine each vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Beauchene, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Beauchene can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Beauchene is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 3-12 years after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Beauchene with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Beauchene is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Beauchene is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed, and grilled dishes, smoked meats, barbecue, sausage, cassoulet, eggplant, and tomatoes. Chateau Beauchene is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta, and cheese.

The white wine of Chateau Beauchene is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine and cheese.

Chateau Beauchene also produces 4 red Cotes du Rhone and 2 white Cotes du Rhone wines.

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Château Beauchêne Wine Tasting Notes

19 Vintages 25,832 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
90
Fruity, forward, fresh, and on the cherry and garrigue aside of the style range, the wine is medium-bodied, open and elegant, with sweet, red fruits in the finish. Drink from 2024 - 2030.

Fruity, forward, fresh, and on the cherry and garrigue aside of the style range, the wine is medium-bodied, open and elegant, with sweet, red fruits in the finish. Drink from 2024 - 2030.

361 Views   Tasted
2020
90
Forward, soft, medium-bodied, dusty, earthy, garrigue and olive accented red berries are all over the place on the nose and on the soft, fresh, mildly, peppery palate. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2031

Forward, soft, medium-bodied, dusty, earthy, garrigue and olive accented red berries are all over the place on the nose and on the soft, fresh, mildly, peppery palate. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2031

677 Views   Tasted
2020
90
Wild strawberries, flowers and kirsch are expressed on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh and supple with an herbal accent to the sweet, earthy, red fruits, this is good to go on release. The wine was made blending 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2030.

Wild strawberries, flowers and kirsch are expressed on the nose. Medium-bodied, fresh and supple with an herbal accent to the sweet, earthy, red fruits, this is good to go on release. The wine was made blending 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022-2030.

599 Views   Tasted
2019
92
The melange of ripe, soft, silky, red fruits shows nicely in the nose and it gets even better in the elegant, soft, polished, silky palate. You can enjoy this beauty on the young side. I like the peppery spice note that makes an apparence in the finish. Drink from 2022 - 2034

The melange of ripe, soft, silky, red fruits shows nicely in the nose and it gets even better in the elegant, soft, polished, silky palate. You can enjoy this beauty on the young side. I like the peppery spice note that makes an apparence in the finish. Drink from 2022 - 2034

1,238 Views   Tasted
2019
91
Savory, spicy, fresh, clean and pure, the ripe kirsch really stands out here in the nose and on the medium-bodied, refined, elegant, fresh palate. This should drink well on release. Drink from 2021 - 2032

Savory, spicy, fresh, clean and pure, the ripe kirsch really stands out here in the nose and on the medium-bodied, refined, elegant, fresh palate. This should drink well on release. Drink from 2021 - 2032

1,123 Views   Tasted
2019
90
Medium-bodied, round, earthy, spicy, round and fresh, it is easy to get into all the soft, polished, savory berries, olives, herbs and peppery nuances in the finish. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2034

Medium-bodied, round, earthy, spicy, round and fresh, it is easy to get into all the soft, polished, savory berries, olives, herbs and peppery nuances in the finish. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Drink from 2022 - 2034

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2018
90
Forward, plush, round and supple, the wine is filled with fruit, pepper, herbs, spice and red berries.

Forward, plush, round and supple, the wine is filled with fruit, pepper, herbs, spice and red berries.

861 Views   Tasted
2018
89
Medium-bodied, earthy, herbal and fresh with an olive, mint and cherry filled, spicy finish. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

Medium-bodied, earthy, herbal and fresh with an olive, mint and cherry filled, spicy finish. The wine blends 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

1,632 Views   Tasted
2017
91
Round, soft, supple, elegant, ripe, sweet red fruits with a peppery accent are found on the nose and in the medium-bodied, easy to like finish. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

Round, soft, supple, elegant, ripe, sweet red fruits with a peppery accent are found on the nose and in the medium-bodied, easy to like finish. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

745 Views   Tasted
2017
90
Medium-bodied, soft and fresh, the elegantly styled wine is ripe, spicy and lifted, leaving you with delicate sweet red cherries in the finish. This will be delicious on release. The wine was made with 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

Medium-bodied, soft and fresh, the elegantly styled wine is ripe, spicy and lifted, leaving you with delicate sweet red cherries in the finish. This will be delicious on release. The wine was made with 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

949 Views   Tasted
2016
92
Spicy, peppery, sweet, round red fruits with energy and lift are found in this medium bodied, open styled wine. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

Spicy, peppery, sweet, round red fruits with energy and lift are found in this medium bodied, open styled wine. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

1,212 Views   Tasted
2016
90
Earthy, peppery, sweet, ripe red fruits with freshness, soft tannins and a juicy, spicy finish is found here. This will be delicious on release. The wine was made with 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

Earthy, peppery, sweet, ripe red fruits with freshness, soft tannins and a juicy, spicy finish is found here. This will be delicious on release. The wine was made with 80% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

2,392 Views   Tasted
2015
90
There is a nice sweetness to the black raspberries, coupled with spicy, peppery nuances that give more complexity to the wine. Polished, fresh and lively, there is lift and sweetness. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

There is a nice sweetness to the black raspberries, coupled with spicy, peppery nuances that give more complexity to the wine. Polished, fresh and lively, there is lift and sweetness. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.

1,309 Views   Tasted
2015
88
Medium bodied, and with loads of already accessible sweet, ripe, kirsch, the wine was made with mostly Grenache, and blended with Syrah and Mourvedre. Correct, with a sweet and fresh palate presence, this will be fine to drink on release.

Medium bodied, and with loads of already accessible sweet, ripe, kirsch, the wine was made with mostly Grenache, and blended with Syrah and Mourvedre. Correct, with a sweet and fresh palate presence, this will be fine to drink on release.

2,636 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Medium bodied, early drinker with a sweet red cherry, kirsch and herbal character, soft textures and a forward personality that will make this best in its youth.

Medium bodied, early drinker with a sweet red cherry, kirsch and herbal character, soft textures and a forward personality that will make this best in its youth.

1,056 Views   Tasted
2014
87
Early drinking, medium bodied, kirsch filled wine from a Grenache dominated blend, along with Syrah and Mourvedre. The wine is correct, focused on its red berries and garrigue but it is light on its feet and should be best in its youth.

Early drinking, medium bodied, kirsch filled wine from a Grenache dominated blend, along with Syrah and Mourvedre. The wine is correct, focused on its red berries and garrigue but it is light on its feet and should be best in its youth.

1,932 Views   Tasted
2012
89
Already showing its stuff, the wine is medium bodied, with a round blast of black raspberries, spice and a strong herbal component.

Already showing its stuff, the wine is medium bodied, with a round blast of black raspberries, spice and a strong herbal component.

1,088 Views   Tasted
2010
88
Medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp style of wine, with a black cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry center of fruit that is probably at peak today.

Medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp style of wine, with a black cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry center of fruit that is probably at peak today.

2,457 Views   Tasted
2009
90
Easy drinking charmer, with a soft, round, open, kirsch, spice and black raspberry personality. Medium bodied and ready to go, drink this on the young side for the sweet, ripe, soft, red cherries.

Easy drinking charmer, with a soft, round, open, kirsch, spice and black raspberry personality. Medium bodied and ready to go, drink this on the young side for the sweet, ripe, soft, red cherries.

1,481 Views   Tasted