Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel, Famille Perrin 2020


75cl ALC 14.5%

The grapes here are picked when completely ripe but careful winemaking avoids extreme alcohol levels. Rich, luscious fruit flavours, robust yet with great complexity, all the hallmarks of a big, superbly crafted wine. 5-15 years.

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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Still Red

Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault & others


Environmentally friendly



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Château de Beaucastel

The Beaucastel estate sits near the small commune of Courthézon in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and has a long history, having been in the Beaucastel family since 1687 when it was given to them by King Louis XIV.

Since 1909 it has been in the safe and capable hands of the Perrin family, with Jean-Pierre and François in charge since 1978. After 40 vintages 2018 was officially François’ last, and his thirty-two year old son, César, (who has just married a Brunier of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe!) is now at the helm. A true farmer, César shuns paperwork in favour of the vineyards and has completed vintages in Argentina, Australia, Bordeaux and Burgundy (at Romanée Conti). The Perrin family produce some of the longest lived wines of the Rhône Valley, and are great believers in respecting the land and surroundings in which they farm and, as such, have farmed biodynamically since the 1970s, though this is not stated on the label; they are organically certified. Unlike many of its neighbours, Grenache is not the dominant grape here but rather they have a relatively high proportion of Mourvèdre and use all of the 13 permitted varietals. Big plans are in place for renovating the winery to become self-sustaining – recycling water, using solar and wind energy, and reusing the materials from their own ground. White wines account for 7% of their production. Beyond Beaucastel the Perrin family also own and run a négoçiant business including brands such as the very reliable Famille Perrin wines.

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Vintage guide

The 2022 vintage looks to be excellent for the North and South of the region which both excelled in the hot conditions this year. The 2021 vintage has seen some good results particularly in the North where attractive, aromatic, elegant wines have been made. The wines from the 2020 vintage look to be a little fresher and more approachable in their youth than those of 2019 which is a high-quality vintage with yields on a par with 2018. Another good result along the valley in 2018, though the South had more disease problems to contend with, as mildew affected the thinner-skinned Grenache more than other varieties. Quality was high but the yields were down. An early harvest produced some intense wines in 2017 for both the North and the South of the region, though uneven flowering in both reduced yields considerably. 2016 in both Northern and Southern Rhône has produced excellent results, and the South has it by a whisker this year, the opposite of 2015. 2015 is terrific, particularly for the North’s Syrah, no problems and decent yields too. An ideal growing season, that was even hotter than 2003 in the daytime but with cooler nights and just enough rainfall to prevent problems in the vineyards. Both whites and reds are excellent. 2014 is not an easy vintage to generalise about but whites are super, reds are very pure with lovely aromatics, and, in the South, as in 2013, Syrah and Mourvèdre have done better than Grenache. In common with most of Europe, 2013 started late but a dry second half of the season resulted in some excellent wines particularly Syrah from the North.

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*You should allow longer for delivery to the Scottish Highlands.


£5 on orders of £150 or more to a single address in mainland UK.

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Usually delivered the next working day (on orders placed before 1pm on a working day).

Please note, whilst the majority of parcels sent on this service are received the next working day, this is not guaranteed and excludes the Scottish Highlands.


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