For a couple of months now I’ve been extolling the virtues of Rhone wines and some of the more recent vintages released, that being the 2015 and 2016 with a singular review from 2017. For this particular “Wine-Sum-Mor” I chose a Southern Rhone wine, specifically Chateauneuf-du-Pape, from the almost perfect 2010 Vintage
From Famille Perrin comes their Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010. A classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation and aged in oak foudres for a year before being bottled.
Consistently receiving some of the highest acclaims for this wine through the years, it is a wine to be sought after and enjoyed. Ideally, keeping in mind that this is a wine that will evolve and mature and bring even more enjoyment should you decide to wait a few years before popping the cork. Just as I did!
And I’m so glad I waited! From the outset, pouring the wine fills the glass and it’s surrounding with superb aromas enticing you to pour more, but you must show restraint. Even with the years in bottle, the wine needs even more time to open up and bring forth its full nuances. Swirling my glass almost continuously to savor the aromas with expectations of the sensuousness of the flavors that are to come. Indeed they did! Big dark somewhat savory fruit immerses you in this elixir that still has much more life in the bottle should you wish to forestall the inevitable longer. Now, it shows the potential that most reviewers eluded to 5 years ago. The richness, the rustic edges that still abound but with a softer touch.
If you are wanting to experience the wines from Château de Beaucastel, but want to do it at a slightly more “everyday” price point, you can try their Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel. More accessible early on and coming from some excellent vintages right now, 2015 and 2016.