Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, 375ml, Rhône Valley, France

The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. Exclusively hand-picked, the grapes are carefully sorted when they arrive at the cellar. Only the best grapes are kept and vinified. After total de-stemming, the harvest is vinified in traditional temperature-controlled vats for 15 days, before aging in oak barrels. The art of blending, passed down from generation to generation in Famille Perrin, impart character to the Beaucastel wines. After the blending is doone, the wine is stocked in oak barrels where it ages for 1 year. The wine matures slowly in Beaucastel’s cellar until the moment is right to bottle. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, and tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, and garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that’s going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.