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.
Since 2007, we have made our En Gobelet exclusively from dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard blocks. The results have been so compelling that we're planning to plant our entire new parcel -- all 55 acres -- in this style over the coming decade. Join us for this vertical tasting of every vintage of En Gobelet, from the 2007 to the newly-blended 2014. We'll also offer, before the tasting, an optional hike led by Viticulturist Levi Glenn through the rugged Scruffy Hill block from which we source most of the wine, and finish with a picnic lunch on our patio. $60 for wine club members and $75 for guests. Reservations are essential; we expect this to sell out. To reserve, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 805.237.1231 ext 30. Details & More Events »
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 »
In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »
May 26, 2015
I was struck by a quote from Tegan Passalaqua, the winemaker at Turley, in a recent article on JancisRobinson.com. In an interview with Alder Yarrow, Tegan said "In a Mediterranean climate like we have, vertical shoot positioning and 3 by 6 vineyard spacing is basically farming hydroponically".
Hydroponic farming, with its overtones of bland supermarket tomatoes, seems an unlikely candidate to provide the intensity and ripeness that a winemaker would expect from California. But in its essence, that the farmer is providing everything that a plant needs to bear fruit, I don't think he's far off. It's worth taking a few moments to understand how grapevines came to be so widely irrigated in California. Read More »