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.
You're invited to join us for an Earth Day celebration Sunday, April 24 at Tablas Creek Vineyard. Visit the winery all weekend from 10am to 5pm and learn about our organic and Biodynamic viticulture and limestone soils. Taste the wines from the current VINsider Wine Club shipment, and see our biodynamic sheep, alpacas, donkeys and llama! Tours run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, enjoy the high-energy sounds of Bear Market Riot from noon to 3:00 PM on our terraced patio.
We were proud to learn that Tablas Creek Partner/GM Jason Haas was voted by his peers the 2015 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year. His father, our founder Robert Haas, wrote this appreciation on our blog.
In Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue 220) 15 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit de Tablas (93-96), 2013 Panoplie (94-96), and 2014 Panoplie (95-97). Read the review » More press »
April 27, 2016
Think of each plant that's growing in a given plot of land as like a wick, with its roots delving into the soil for available moisture. If we had overabundant water, we might want to leave some surface weeds to keep levels more reasonable. Instead, in our California climate, eliminating competition from grasses and other surface plants is an essential part of our ability to dry farm. Tilling in the cover crop also allows the insects and microorganisms in the soil to start breaking down the surface biomass accumulated during the winter growth into nutrients that the vines will draw from in the coming months. Finally, the loosening of the soil creates an insulating layer at the surface that helps conserve the water deeper down. Read More »