Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
Country: France, Southern Rhone
Tasting Notes: Moving to the two Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases and 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 12% Counoise, the rest other permitted varieties (Marc calls this a Mourvèdre vintage), the Châteauneuf-du-Pape sports an inky purple color as well as a textbook Mourvèdre nose of black, black fruits, smoked meats, crushed rocks, charcoal, and pepper. It's deep and full-bodied, with beautiful purity and building structure.
Varietal: Blend of Grenache : 30% Mourvèdre : 30% Syrah : 15% Counoise : 10% Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne : 10% Cinsault : 5%