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Esprit de Beaucastel: Explaining the Name Change


A good name should be educational. The best wine names should not only give clues to what is inside the bottle, but also set a mood to let people know if the winery is being clever or serious, fancy or down to earth. Our previous wine names Clos Blanc and Reserve Cuvée did neither. The names were too generic, and the term “reserve” has been so corrupted by bulk wine producers that it is virtually meaningless.

We decided to focus our names on our connections: the Rhône Valley and Châteauneuf du Pape. The Esprit de Beaucastel names, even for people who don’t know Tablas Creek, suggest France, the Rhône Valley, and Châteauneuf. And we’re proud to have the participation of the Perrin family. Beaucastel has long been known as one of the premier estates in France, known for its organic viticulture, its tremendous attention to detail, and, most importantly, its wonderful blends of the 13 Châteauneuf du Pape varietals.

The Beaucastel name also has significant recognition in the market, and if it encourages potential consumers to pick up a bottle and read the back, or to ask a sommelier for an explanation, it has succeeded. So, we’re thrilled to be able to announce the release of the Esprit de Beaucastel and the Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. These wines take the place of the Reserve Cuvée and the Clos Blanc as our signature red and white Rhône blends.

For our Grenache-based red blend, we chose Côtes de Tablas, reminiscent of the Grenache-dominated wines of the Côtes du Rhône. This takes the place of the limited release Petite Cuvée.


2014 Barrel Tasting and En Primeur Offering

On December 5th, all Tablas Creek wine club members are invited to join Tablas Creek's winemakers at one of two sessions (10:30am or 1:30pm) to taste the 2014 Esprit de Tablas and 2014 Panoplie from barrel, discuss the vintage, and enjoy a seasonal dish created to pair with the wines. The $30 cost to attend the event is refundable on any en primeur purchase.  Because of the limited space at this exclusive event, club members may bring no more than 2 guests. Details »

Whether or not they attend the tasting, members may order futures at an additional 5% off of the member club discount, typically 25%-30% off eventual release price. Members should look forward to receiving an invitation to the futures tasting and en primeur offering in the mail in early November. 

Tablas Creek News

Tablas Creek in The New York Times and Washington Post in August

We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »

MA Shipping Permit Received!

We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members.  More shipping news »

On the Tablas Blog

In the spirit of a winemaker- Q & A with Assistant Winemaker Chelsea Franchi

November 21, 2015
by: Lauren Phelps
I recently sat down with Chelsea and asked her a few questions about her life, what brought her into the wine industry and how she became an essential member of the Tablas Creek family. Read More »