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Esprit de Beaucastel: Explaining the Name Change

02/01/01

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.

Events

2005 Horizontal Tasting 2/28

Join Tablas Creek's winemaking team on Saturday, February 28th to look back at 2005 with the perspective of ten years' time.  2005 was a big, personality-filled vintage, often robust and tannic in its youth, which has proven to age in a fascinating way.  At this horizontal tasting we'll try 10 different 2005's, from Esprit Blanc to Counoise to Panoplie to Vin de Paille. Details & More Events »


Tablas Creek News

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 »

Antonio Galloni 8/14: 30 Wines 90+

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 »


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Photo Essay: Green, Green, Green

February 23, 2015
Normally, the sign at the edge of our head-trained Mourvedre vineyard just outside our tasting room is to protect people from a twisted ankle, should they stray off the tarmac. Now, we're worried we might lose them in the cover crop! Read More »