The Perrin family is in its fifth generation of ownership at Château de Beaucastel, widely recognized as one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s finest domaines. The chateau bears the name of the Beaucastel family, local to the area in the sixteenth century, but did not take on historic wine dimensions until early in the twentieth century, after the phylloxera devastation.
In 1909, the property’s owner, Pierre Tramier, began to replant the vineyards, and his son-in-law Pierre Perrin continued the project. Jacques Perrin, the third generation, devoted himself to restoring the estate until his death in 1978. His primary contributions were the regeneration and planting of traditional Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Mourvédre, and Roussanne that had been neglected in favor of the easier-to-grow Grenache. The 100-hectare property at Beaucastel is now managed by Jacques’ sons, Jean Pierre and François Perrin. The brothers continue the tradition of excellence: “We use the traditional methods established by our family. We have two important concepts: organically-grown grapes, and a thirteen-varietal blend with a high percentage of Mourvèdre.”
Annual production at Château de Beaucastel is about 22,000 cases, of which about 1600 cases are distinguished white wines produced from primarily Roussanne grapes. You can explore the Perrins’ estates in France at www.beaucastel.com.
The Perrins continue their tradition of innovation through Tablas Creek, founded in conjunction with their longtime importer Robert Haas. They make several trips a year to California, and are actively involved in Tablas Creek’s winemaking, viticulture and management.
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 »
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 »
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 »