One cannot have a discussion of Chateauneuf du Pape without the mention of Chateau Beaucastel. Arguably one of the finest wineries in the world, holding on to the old-school traditions (they are one of the few to hold plantings of all 13 permissible varietals for the region), they are one of my favourite producers and the wines are a no-brainer, safe go-to wines night-in and night-out. They produce a range of wines from the affordable every-day drinking simple sort to stuff for the serious drinker. The Hommage A Jacques Perrin is the most prized wine amongst their portfolio, one which is made only in the finest vinetages. Production of this old-vine mourvedre dominated wine is limited, usually ~500 cases, and the pricetag quite accurately reflects its value towards any collection. However, just as well that it can be afforded at a fraction of top Bordeaux labels.
The 2005 Hommage is 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and 10% Vaccarese. Even after 7 years, it is still too young and I think it has yet to showcase its full potential. An intense black-purple colour, it exudes a youthful but complex perfume of blackcurrant, blueberry, blood plums, cedar wood, dried meats and roasting herbs. A dry, full-bodied wine with a high level of dark berry-like acidity, vibrantly refreshing and clean. There is an abundant load of fine, slightly sappy tannins which will provide a good basis for longevity. A powerful wine that feels somewhat restrained, all the elements are nicely balanced upon a plump cushy structure, rich cassis flavours with savoury hints and a pinch of tarragon. I wish I had a case of this to last the next several decades! You might do it justice by savoring it with freshly slaughtered roasted lamb rib, otherwise drink 2018 – 2040? 99/100.