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.
Hundreds of you have joined us for one of our annual blending seminars over the years. If you haven’t yet, let this be the year. Partner Jason Haas and winemaker Neil Collins will lead a barrel tasting of the individual varietals (both reds and whites), and will discuss how we turn roughly one hundred components into the blends and varieties we make each year. Then, you will be set loose with graduated cylinders to produce your own blends. Details & More Events »
From now through the end of April, we will ship any wine order, of any quantiy, to anywhere we ship, for just $10. Cheers! Details & more news »
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 »
April 15, 2015
Ten days ago, I was convinced that we were going to get clobbered by frost in the aftermath of a cold, wet Pacific storm. All the conditions were in place...And yet we made it through. It dropped into the low- to mid-30s eight of the first ten days of April... Read More »