1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


1995 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Firm, strict and tannic, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, concentrated and intense, but there is an austerity here. Aromatically the wine is complex and intriguing but on the palate, the wine is very stubbornly tannic. At 26 years of age I am not thinking much is going to change here. 93 Points

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Powerful, tannic and a bit stern, yet there is a wealth of spicy, peppery, red and dark red fruit, earth and barnyard to contend with. Still young, you can age this, hoping it develops more softness and less of a strict, rustic, tannic character. With time, as there is a lot of quality raw material here, things could truly improve, which is a good thing, as I have a few bottles tucked away for future drinking. 95 Points

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Dark, blue/black color. Black fruit, herbs, coffee, anise, earth and caramel notes. Needs time. Huge tannins. Thick, concentrated and structured. At least 10 years are needed to open this wine. 95 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Beaucastel, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Beaucastel is a much better wine with age. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, 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 Beaucastel is better with 6-10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages, the wine should be consumed within 10-35 years after the vintage.

Serving Beaucastel with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

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

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

The white wine of Beaucastel 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.

Other wines from the Perrin family.

The Perrin family also maintains a partnership in California with Robert Haas called Tablas Creek. Formed in 1989, the California winery focuses on producing Rhone-style wine with both red and white Rhone varietals.

In 2013, the Perrin family entered into a partnership with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to produce Miraval, an organic Rose' wine from their Provencal estate. Miraval also produces 2 white wines, a blend of Grenache Blanc and Rolle, as well as a wine from 100% Rolle. Needless to say, Miraval is now the world's most popular Rose and wine from the Cotes de Provence.

In 2015, Miraval became the first rose' as well as the first wine in the entire Provence appellation to add anti-counterfeiting measures to their bottle. To prevent the type of forgeries that anything to do with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attracts, Miraval comes in a unique curve-shaped bottle. The bottle is also etched with the word Miraval at the bottom of the bottle.

Starting with the 2009 vintage, Beaucastel became one of the first wines outside of Bordeaux to be sold on the Place de Bordeaux by Bordeaux negociants. The Perrin family also produces one of the best red and white wines from their 30 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone.