Chateau Beaucastel has been run by several generations of the Perrin family, beginning with the late Jacques Perrin (who died in 1978), then the brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois, and now their sons Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu.
Their Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the finest wines in the region and their special cuvee ‘Hommage A Jacques Perrin’ is one of the most sought after wines in the world. This rare cuvée comes primarily from a single parcel of 90+-year-old Mourvèdre vines located just behind the estate.
'A powerful thoroughbred. One to watch!'
Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com
‘Summer  was incredible, beautiful, just perfect for Mourvèdre' - César Perrin
The 2019 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape was exceptional, combining elegance with power. The summer was intense, but a couple of small rainfalls in July and August helped to slow the ripening and retain freshness and balance in what might have otherwise been a hot vintage. Perfect conditions for Beaucastel!
Hommage a Jacques Perrin consistently achieves huge scores, and the 2019 has already received one of the biggest ratings in recent years from Jancis Robinson, with a huge 19 out of 20.
Don’t miss this legend in the making!
2019 CDP Beaucastel 'Hommage a Jacques Perrin'
750ml @ £675 per 3 bottles
A very limited number of Magnums and Jeroboams are available on request
Cask sample, tasted at the domaine. Brooding, powerful nose, kirsch, white pepper, damson and crushed violets. A pure, saturated core of dark mineral-laden fruits, liquorice and blueberries – powerful and fine-grained, rounded, structured tannins are backed up by superlative acidity. A powerful thoroughbred. One to watch!
19/20, Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com
Aromatically lifted, strongly showing the floral, violet, dimension of Mourvèdre. Very silky and stylish, luxurious but not opulent. Ripe, with great tannic finesse, amply weighted, but more a vintage about finesse than power. Very well balanced, almost drinkable already. It will age on its balance, not for as long as some recent vintages perhaps, but that's of no great consequence – it’s still an exceptional wine. Around 60% of the blend comes from old-vine Mourvèdre from their Courrieux vineyard. Grapes are destemmed, fermented in tronconic wooden vats using natural yeasts after a brief cold maceration, with regular punching down.
98pt, Matt Walls, Decanter
Violet edging, and from the start it resonates with flavour, energy and impact. Mouthwatering levels of black-berry and blueberry fruits, juicy and complex, plenty of tannins that close in on the finish while maintaining a juicy frame to the fruits. This is a legendary wine with reason. From a dedicated 4ha of the brilliant Beaucastel estate, and as with all the wines it is truly a family affair - director Charles Perrin, oenologist César Perrin.
96pt, Jane Anson
Such beautiful black cherries, fresh earth, sage, basil and flowers on the nose, following through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and an attractive, lightly chewy finish. This is very long and fresh with balance and purity. Give it five or six years to come around and show itself.
We are excited to introduce the new release of a beautiful wine from Margaret River's oldest winery, Vasse Felix - the 2019 Heytesbury Chardonnay. You can't help but say 'Wow' when tasting it - it is incredibly delicious nectar! The Heytsbury has only been made for 21 years - however due to the exceptional quality it has already gained an iconic status.
'If the greatest wines of all prove their merit by virtue of rock-solid consistency from season to season, Heytesbury has attained the pinnacle of Australian Chardonnay'
Tyson Stelzer's Top Ten Australian Wines 2019
Although Margaret River is only a small region in far flung Western Australia that accounts for only 2% of Australia's wine production - it commands over 20% of the premium market and produces some of the most highly lauded wines in Australia. The very first vineyard in Margaret River, Vasse Felix was established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity, and he started winning gold medals from the first vintage onward.
Since its inaugural release in 2000, Heytesbury Chardonnay has forged a world-wide cult following, which has seen it become a Margaret River, Australian and New World benchmark Chardonnay that rivals the absolute best of Burgundy. A selection from the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
This is benchmark, world class, age worthy Chardonnay that represents outstanding value at just £36 per bottle. In addition to 750ml, we have a very limited number of rare Magnums.
As always, first come, first served!
2019 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay
750ml @ £216 per 6
Magnums @ £73 each - Very Limited!
Best prices in the market!
Young, but not a hair out of place, despite the knife-edge tension. This is a remarkably taut, focused, yet nuanced Chardonnay, with lifted lime zest, twangy lemongrass, sencha tea, struck match and powder puff phenolics. A ripe, lemony backbone of acidity, ever so gently spun with savoury lees (a suggestion of mushroom), seamlessly absorbs the lightly toasted hazelnut oak (61% new). Delicate and intense; exceptionally refined. Drink 2021-2027.