Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2016
One of the greatest fine wine values in the Rhône Valley, Coudoulet de Beaucastel is referred to as 'baby Beaucastel' by this illustrious estate. Made from a 30 hectare vineyard located just east of the Beaucastel vineyard, Coudoulet is made from soils with many similarities to that of Beaucastel, with its Molasse seabed covered by diluvial alpine deposits. These pebbles called 'galets roulés' play a big role: they take in the heat during the day and let it if off slowly at night which gives a good start to the vines in the Spring, and hugely contribute to the complexity of good Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Beaucastel estate dates back to the 16th century, and descendants of the Perrin family have owned it since the early 1900s. Today the Perrins are pillars of quality in the wine world, favoring an organic approach for their wines, and a steadfast commitment to the expression of terroir. The 2015 is made of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.
|Region||France, Rhone, Cotes du Rhone|
|Brand||Château de Beaucastel|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel was bottled just two weeks before my visit, hence the plus sign attached to its rating. Planted just outside the boundaries of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the vines here average 80 years old. Mouthwatering aromas of red fruit and spice lead the way, backed by a full-bodied wine that's creamy and lush but also silky and vibrant. As always, it's one of the best Côtes du Rhône wines from a given vintage.