In a nutshell:
A lovely 'mini Chateauneuf-du-Pape' from one of the finest producers in the region.
Chateau de Beaucastel are a world renowned, benchmark Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer and one of the best in the entire Southern Rhone. This Côtes du Rhône 'Coudoulet de Beaucastel' is regarded as their "baby Beaucastel", and is worthy of that title. The biodynamically farmed vineyards are located near Beacastel, but just outside of the appellation's boundaries so are classified as Côtes du Rhône. The soils themselves are similar and the blend of this wine, 40% Grenache but with a healthy 30% Mouvedre is also very similar to that of the big Beaucastel. This is an elegant and sophisticated wine which benefits from decanting and opens up and develops over time. Perfumed aromas of red and dark fruits, spice, dry herbs with touches of garrigue. The palate is medium-full bodied, smooth with silky, deep tannins and is very well balanced.
When to drink:
Approachable and drinking well now. Pretty versatile in terms of food pairings. Try with chicken or lamb tangine, or any variety of Mediterranean style dishes.