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 us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
In May, we're featuring our 2011 Cotes de Tablas Blanc at a 10% discount. In 2011, our Viognier crop was cut by 80% due to spring frost, leaving a tiny, intense yield of less than one-half a ton per acre. The resulting wine is rich and tropical, with stone fruits and honey, but at the same time firmly dry, with a very long, saline & mineral finish. Details »
May 15, 2013
Take a look at the seven-line entry of Frank Schoonmaker, America’s foremost wine expert and author in 1964, about terroir. His association, rather than the "somewhereness" the wine exhibits, is more of a taste of dirt, neither elegant nor elevated: "somewhat unpleasant, common, persistent”. My, how things have changed. More »