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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »