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(Paso Robles) - Château de Beaucastel is renowned for using all thirteen permitted Châteauneuf du Pape varietals in their blends, and their wines are rated among the world's finest. Thanks to a recent agreement with the University of California at Davis, Tablas Creek Vineyard, the project co-founded by the Perrins of Château de Beaucastel and long-time importer Robert Haas, will have all thirteen grapes to work with as well.
There are thirteen varietals permitted in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation in France's Rhone Valley (fourteen, if you count Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc separately). Tablas Creek Vineyard brought in high quality clones of six of these varietals when they began their project in 1989. These were Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc (they also brought in Viognier and Marsanne, which are traditional Côtes du Rhone varietals though not permitted in Châteauneuf du Pape). In 1998, Tablas Creek imported Piquepoul Blanc.
With this week’s agreement, the remaining varietals (Cinsaut, Clairette, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Bourboulenc, and Picardan) will, on the condition they pass a 2-year indexing process conducted at U.C. Davis, be planted at Tablas Creek Vineyard, and available for growers around the United States through Tablas Creek’s association with NovaVine of Sonoma, California.
U.C. Davis is planning to include the new varietals with the seven varietals previously imported as a “Beaucastel Collection” of Châteauneuf du Pape clones. According to Deborah Golino, Director of Foundation Plant Services at U.C. Davis, the varietals arrived in Beltsville, Maryland this week, and are expected at U.C. Davis soon. Golino is “thrilled that Tablas Creek Vineyard is putting these varietals in a public collection.”
At Tablas Creek, four acres have been set aside as increase blocks for the varietals when they are released from quarantine. “These are some of the oldest Languedoc and Southern Rhone varieties,” says Tablas Creek founder Robert Haas. “They’re traditional,” he continues, “we don’t know what they’ll be like here in California. But, we’d like to try them out, as well as to make available these varieties to California viticulture.”
Tablas Creek will join the 50 members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers for the 2016 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience. This fun-filled and information-rich day will include a "Rhone Essentials" seminar moderated by Esther Mobley, Wine, Beer & Spirits Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, a Vintners' Lunch, and the Grand Tasting and Silent Auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
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 »
February 5, 2016
By: Suphada Rom
Prior to working at Tablas Creek, I spent three years working at a small French bistro that was adjacent to a chocolate shop, which was also conveniently co-owned by the owners of the restaurant (pommes frites…check! chocolates…check!). I was in heaven learning not only about our menu, but about the chocolates we produced. As I reflect on my time there, I realized wine and chocolate have really similar foundations. Read More »