2012 was a vintage of contrasts with a very mild start of the year and a freezing month of February. A fresh and humid spring was followed by a windy and dry month of July and a very hot month of August. The harvesting conditions were ideal making for a great vintage.
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.
Inky, nearly black in colour. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, with red fruit, blackcurrants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender. The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round, with figs, cherries, blackcurrants and stewed fruit, all with great acidity. The tannins are present but very delicate. Serve around 15°C and, if possible, decant the wine.
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
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