Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
75cl * 15.0% ABV * Côtes du Rhône, France
A historic Château in the Southern Rhône, located just to the south of Orange and owned by the Bernard family, Château Beauchêne farm 80 hectares of vines split between Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. Michel & Dominique Bernard run the Château with the help of their daughter Amandine and a team of six others in the winery and vineyards.
Château Beauchêne have their Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards in the Mont-Redon and Courthézon sector of Châteauneuf du Pape, situated towards the north of the appellation on a distinct plateau. Here, the galet roulé boulders are at their most apparent and the vines are at their most exposed to the Mistral wind. This geographical situation tends to produce the Châteauneuf du Pape wines with the highest proportion of Grenache, due to its affinity with heat, wind and the low water table found on the plateau.
The power, opulence and complexity of the Grande Réserve comes from the century-old vines planted on the famous terroir of pebble stones. Its ageing in barrels and demi-muids allows it to skate its tannins and tame its character. Often charming with its ripe fruit of rich red cherries and plums, accompanied by peppery and violet notes, finishing on a full and balanced palate with a hint of white truffle.
Pair with rich meat dishes such as roast lamb or Beef Wellington.
Drinking now to 2035+
16+/20 Points - Jancis Robinson (Oct 2020)