Beaucastel 2017 Release
This reference point estate continues to achieve incredible quality in just about every vintage JEB DUNNUCK, 2016
Marc Perrin said that “2017 has a lot in common with 2007, but there’s more energy and freshness” to the wines, which he thinks will reward patience. Of course, Mourvèdre always makes up a great amount of the blend, so age-worthiness is pretty much always a given… Perrin told me that the original cuttings of Mourvèdre came from the Bandol’s highly esteemed Domaine Tempier, with the oldest planting dates back to 1909. JOSH RAYNOLDS
This storied property continues to hit on all cylinders. Marc Perrin describes 2017 as “a ‘Californian’ kind of vintage,” but also says, “It’s amazing how balanced the wines are. Across the board, these are the best pair of vintages since 89/90. THE WINE ADVOCATE
Every region has its super stars, those producers who have raised the bar in quality so high that they must be used as references for what the area can achieve. In Chateauneuf du Pape Beaucastel, along with a very small handful of others, is such a producer. Year after year Beaucastel produces one or more of the regions greatest expressions and this would seem to be the case again in 2017.
As has been the case in a few of the key regions of France the triple threat vintages of 2015, 2016 and 2017 have provided an abundance of remarkable wines for the consumer and all with very different personalities. I like Raynold’s comments in an article he published on Vinous where he says “Generally speaking, 2017 is shaping up to be a hypothetical blend of the two vintages that preceded it.” And goes on to talk about how they combine the richness of the 16s and the structure of the 2015s. I think that sums it up pretty well, 2017s are laden with fruit, plush, ripe, intense wines but they have a great framework to keep things in check. I think something like “supercharged 2010s” is a good way to think about it