Chateau Beaucastel Hommage A Jacques Perrin 2005, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley

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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.

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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.

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About simplepalatesseriously

I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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3 Responses to Chateau Beaucastel Hommage A Jacques Perrin 2005, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone Valley

  1. Randolph says:

    Hola! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Elsa says:

    I’m always intrgued by Chateauneuf du Pape as it is such a big area with so much variety. I had a fabulous wine without sulfates from there.

    Great blog! I’ve been meaning to check it out since St Ali. I really like the way you review wines.

    • Hi Elsa, happy new year! Looking forward to more of your fantastic write-ups in 2014!

      When are you starting at Chapoutier? I’ve been tempted to do a whoppin’ big tasting of his range, perhaps soon might be a good time? =P

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