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In 1321, under the reign of Pope Jean XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar to be filled with wine in Chateauneuf. So loved was the wine, that following Popes planted new vines. And so the legend of the papal wine began. The Beaucastel estate dates back to 1549.
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. Famously, all thirteen of the appellation's allowed varieties are used to create Château de Beaucastel. And since the sixties, and all thirteen have been organically grown.
" 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is one of the few inky colored wines in the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and ripe with notable tannin, it offers beautiful notes of blackberry, shitake mushrooms, licorice and pepper meats. It plays in the 2014 vintage’s forward, supple nature, but has real depth and concentration. I don’t think it will be the longest lived Beaucastel, but it will have 15-20 years of overall longevity.
" -Rated 92, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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