This explosively rich Chateauneuf may be the best vintage from this incredible house and, as luck would have it, it’s peaking now. A dense, almost creamy core of cocoa dusted blackberry pulls you into its herb-infused black cherry depths. Long and rich from beginning to end, it’s primed for immediate indulgence.
A leader in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation for over a hundred years, Château de Beaucastel is easily one of the ten most treasured wineries in France. The Perrin family has shepherded their 110 acres of vines in the north of the appellation towards greatness since 1909, and have farmed organically since the 1960s. Their ancient Roussanne vines are an enviable asset that they exploit perfectly, and their Mourvèdre-heavy red Châteauneuf ages better than almost anything in the zone.
As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf 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.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.