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2011 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £48.00
Cases (6 bottles) @ £288.00
Cases IN BOND(6 bottles) @ £225.00
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Tasting Notes:
At the en primeur stage, the Perrins invite tasters to work their way through the individual varieties. In the 2011 vintage. The Grenache has excellent ripeness giving a superb nose with sweet but not cloying, mineral but not dilute fruit. There is a hint of oak on the palate not evident on the nose. Excellent mouthfeel, again not cloying at all.The fruit profile is just right; the wine is not trying to show off (unlike a couple highlighted above). Lovely balance. The Mourvedre is more closed unsurprisingly but what is showing is rather good. The Syrah offers good black fruit, quite intense. See blog 03/10/2012
Drinking Dates:
2016 to 2031
Cépagement:
30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 15% other varieties
Soil:
Diluvial alpine deposits with rolled pebbles over a former molasse sea bed of the Miocene epoch (tertiary period)
Upbringing:
Handpicking and hand-sorting is followed by flash heating of the berries to 80°C and cooling to 20°C. Classic maceration in open-topped wooden vats for Syrah and Mourvèdre and in lined concrete vats for the other varieties.
ABV:
14%
Critic Reviews:
"Reminiscent of a lighter weight 2009, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up a sweet bouquet of spiced black cherries, plum, truffle, saddle leather and underbrush. Coming from tiny yields (which were down 50% from 2010), this medium to full-bodied 2011 is gorgeously textured and has solid mid-palate depth, terrific purity of fruit and ripe tannin. Relatively approachable and enjoyable even now, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. Drink 2015-2031.” 94/100 (Wine Advocate)
Food:
Steak now, game later.

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