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September 24, 2014

Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin and Beaucastel 2012 – New Release

Beaucastel

Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012, 97-100pts
3×75 - £650 IB

Beaucastel’s Hommage à Jacques Perrin is incredibly rare, producing less than 300 cases a year and only made in excellent vintages. As such it takes pride of place alongside Romanee Conti, Le Pin and Screaming Eagle as one of the world’s rarest and most prestigious wines. Its debut vintage, the 1989 has been awarded 100 points, as did the 1990; these trade at over £800 a bottle today. Since these seminal vintage, Beaucastel’s Hommage à Jacques Perrin has also scored 100 points in 1998, 2007 and 2010.

The staggering 2012 has already been awarded a preliminary 97-100 points, a higher initial score than the 2010 and 1998 were awarded. The 2012 is expected to achieve 100 points after a few years in bottle and Jeb Dunncuk of the Wine Advocate goes on to say, ’2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin will most likely be the wine of the vintage. Compared to the 1989 by Marc Perrin, it is full-bodied and massively constructed, with a deep, layered mid-palate, stunning purity and massive structure that’s partially hidden by all of the fruit.’ This wine is truly unique, great and one of the most exclusive and collectible in the world. Buying this wine on release has proven financially rewarding and it will age and improve for decades.

It is a wine of huge power, structure and boasts stunning purity of fruit. Its cepage differs from Beaucastel, made from a larger percentage of Mourvedre, up to 60%, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and 10% Syrah, from the very oldest vines. The wine is aged for 12 to 18 months in used and new French oak barrels. Hommage a Jacques Perrin is considered the most age-worthy wine of the entire Chateauneuf du Pape region, its rarest and most desirable wine. This year we have managed to secure a larger allocation and can offer a limited five case parcel today.

Château de Beaucastel 2012, 94-96pts
12×75 - £465 IB

The 2012 vintage of Beaucastel is one of the the Estate’s greatest efforts, with the potential to achieve the incredible cachet of the 1989, 1990 and 2007. Beaucastel remains one of the best priced leading estates in the world of wine, providing the chance to own a 94-96 point scoring wine for £30 a bottle. The 2012 has an incredible POP Score of 24, considerably lower than equivalent younger vintages and currently one third of the price of the 1989 and 1990, vintages it may one day parallel.

Vintage 

Score

Price 

POP

2012

94-96

£465

24

2011

94

£420

30

2010

95

£460

31

2009

94

£450

32

2007

96

£520

33

2001

96

£560

35

2000

94

£590

42

1998

92

£700

58

1990

96

£1,200

75

1989

97

£1,200

71

The blend is a heady mix of the famous CDNP grapes, 30% Mouvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and 5% Cinsault, balanced with other varietals. Their Mouvedre is grown on almost one third of their land and is arguably the best example of this grape anywhere in the world. The vineyard is situated at the north-eastern end of the appellation, a short walk from the famous town of Orange. The Estate has remarkable terroir, abounded by rolling pebbles on the surface, the subsoil contains an abundance of clay, which perfectly retains the vines’ water supply during the long hot summer days.

The Estate was transformed in 1903 by a young chemical engineer named Pierre Perrin, who with his father-in-law returned it to past glories after the region was atrophied by phylloxera. Jacques Perrin drove it forward in the 1950s by introducing new technologies and innovations. Today the vineyard continues to be treated with wonderful care: minimal sulphur is permitted and no chemical fertilizers or weed killers are used. They vinify in large old barrels (foudres) and only the Syrah is exposed to new oak. The Estate has a bright future as Jacques’ sons Jean-Pierre Perrin and François Perrin continue to balance tradition with innovation.

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