Robert Parker 93
Tasted as a sample blended from several foudres, the 2018 Ctes-du-Rhne Coudoulet de Beaucastel features scents of sun-warmed stones and ripe raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, its plush and open-knit, already giving a lot of pleasure, and finishing zesty and long.-RP
Produced by Famille Perrin, Coudoulet de Beaucastel is often considered Baby Beaucastel. Coudoulet vineyards are located just east of the vineyard of Beaucastel and the soil has many similarities to that of Beaucastel. The same skill in blending that has been passed down in the Perrin family from generation to generation is utilized in Coudoulet de Beaucastel wines. Pioneers in their innovative approach to organic farming since the 1950s and then in biodynamic farming in the early 1970s, the family continues to always search for the best techniques to respect the uniqueness and authenticity of their terroir. Today, the 5th generation of Famille Perrin continues the legacy under common values: absolute respect for the land and the terroir, biodynamic culture, always searching authenticity, balance and elegance.-Winery Notes
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Among the prominent people in the town of Courthezon during the sixteenth century was the Beaucastel family. In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today at Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat exchanger. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather.