Chateau de Beaucastel
Chateau de Beaucastel, located in Courthezon in the Southern Rhone Valley, has 272 acres of organic vineyards. Unlike many Rhone Valley producers, Beaucastel grows all 13 of the grapes permitted in the appellation and the estate uses an unusually high percentage of Mourvedre in its red wines, usually around 30%, along with 30% Grenache and smaller amounts of Syrah, Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarese and Muscardin. The estate’s most prestigious wine, Hommage a Jacques Perrin, is made with 70% Mourvedre. Several families have owned the estate over the course of its 400-year history and the present owners are the Perrin family, whose ownership of the estate dates to 1909. Along with its famous Chateauneuf- du-Pape and Hommage a Perrin, the estate makes notable white wines from blends of Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picardan. Some 20,000 to 24,000 cases of red are produced annually, along with almost 2,000 cases of white wines.