Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre Blend * 75cl * 13.5% ABV * Côtes du Rhône, France
From a vineyard immediately bordering the area of Châteauneuf-du-Pape's appellation, between the communes of Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (all that separates this field and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a main road.) Significantly it has the same Galet stones (large round potato-sized pebbles) that give Châteauneuf its unique character as they absorb sunlight during the day and release heat at night bringing on the ripening of the grapes.
Beauchene isn't completely organic but practises "agriculture raisonnee", a philosophy of production that guarantees a top quality product whilst at the same time ensuring a better respect of the environment, through the use of traditional techniques; horse ploughing, hand harvesting and hand sorting by each grape-picker.
Deep ruby in colour with aromas of ripe red fruits and bilberries which continue as red fruit flavours on the palate that develop to hints of raspberries and blackcurrant.
We also have some magnums of the wonderful 2009 vintage, so do get in touch or click through the link if you'd like some of this fantastic wine!
Breaking news! Château Beauchene 1er Terroir has been listed in the July 2016 Decanter Magazine 50 Top Rhône Reds. Here's what they had to say:
'Fragrant fresh red cherries with a hint of herbs and an appealing note of orange peel. Barely noticeable tannins deliver a creamy texture to the warm, generous palate which is enhanced by notes of vanilla, chocolate and nutmeg. A bright line of acidity brings vitality and freshness. Ambitious, but it works. Drinking now.'
Our resident MW, Rob MacCulloch also had this to say about the 2014 vintage:
'I think this is one of the most immediately attractive vintages of Premier Terroir I've had. There's a lovely fresh, light, raspberry fruited nose, with a classic ground white pepper and raspberry fruit flavour that comes from Grenache-based wine, with some savoury, blacker character creeping in from the high percentage of Syrah used. I like that the moderate alcohol (for the region) of 13.5% seems to help the freshness, and produces an elegant, mid-weight palate profile, with a very attractive, developing and complex length of pepper, spice, nuts and red fruits. Tannins are balanced and characteristically dry, with Grenache's finishing grip. It's delicious now too - I wouldn't wait to drink this, although I think it would remain very attractive in about two year's time as well.'