Chateau de Beaucastel

Famille Perrin
84350 Courthezon
Tlf. +33 490 704 100
Chateau Beaucastel is not open for visitors.
Caveau in the centre of Chateauneuf du Pape.
It's open in the tourist season.


In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel", a protestant, bought a barn and some land and later a manor house was built at the place of today's Beaucastel. In 1687 a descendant Pierre de Beaucastel as appreciation of his conversion to catholicism was appointed as "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV.
During the phylloxera disaster, the site was owned by Elie Dussaud, who built the Chateau de Val Seille - today the Hotel de Ville in Courthezon. Wine production first came back 45 years later.

1909 Beaucastel was acquired by Pierre Tramier and he started a replantation on the estate. His son-in-law Pierre Perrin continued this and the same did his son Jacques Perrin (dead 1978).
Today Jacques Perrin's two sons Jean-Pierre and François Perrin are continuing the tradition and they have made Beaucastel the most famous wine from Chateauneuf du Pape.
Jean Pierre has 4 children Cécile, Marc, Pierre and Thomas.
François has 3 sons Charles, Matthieu and Cécar.
The next generation is all trained in everything about operations. It has been a principle for the family that everyone should know every part of the company

"We are interchangeable. We are all trained to be able to occupy key positions and we meet very regularly so that everyone stays informed" explains Charles. "For example, everyone meets every week to taste - the art of blending is part of the heritage." (Le Monde 24 May 2019.

The domaine covers 100 ha of Chateauneuf du Pape situated in the most Northern part of the appellation in and around Lieu-dit Coudoulet in Courthezon and 30 ha of Cotes du Rhone in Orange.

The vineyards have been cultived organic since 1960ties and are certified agriculture biologique and biodynamique

Beaucastel places a great deal of emphasis on using all permitted grapes in the red wines. Each grape variety is vinified separately.
There are two special things to note about the grape composition at Beaucastel. A large proportion of Mourvedre is used in the red wines and Roussanne in the white wines. Both of these varieties help to make the wines very durable, but also to make the wines "dormant" and make the wine's optimal drinking time relatively unpredictable

Wines from Chateau de Beaucastel

Chateauneuf du Pape
2018: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 10% Vaccarese, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.
Morvedre and Syrah fermented in wooden tanks. The rest in concrete. After blending further 12 months in foudres.
At Vinadea: 2017: 76€

Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jaques Perrin
Blend of all grapes but normally with the dobble part of
Mourvedre. Only made in excelent vintages.
At Vinadea: 2017: 400€

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2019: 80% Roussanne, 15% Granche Blanc, 
5% Picardin, Clairette, Bourboulenc. 30% fermented in barrels.Botling af 8 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 
Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

100% Roussanne.

Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet
2018: 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 10 Cinsault. Aged in foudres for 6 months.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc Coudoulet
2019: 30% Bourboulenc, 30% Marsanne, 30% Viognier, 10% Clairette.

Other wines from Perrin et Fils are mentioned at seperate sites from other appellations

Jean Pierre Perrin, François Perrin (Photos: Alexandre James Copyright Egami Productions©, 2019), Marc Perrin (Drinks Business 2019)

Hélene Perrin at Les Printemps in Chateauneuf du Pape 2014, Cesar Perrin at Auspice du Gigondas 2015 and Charles Perrin at Gigondas sur Table 2015

Thomas Perrin (Sommerliers International) , Matthieu Perrin (Houlbergs Vinblog 2016), Pierre Perrin (Facebook 2014?)

 © Chateau de Beaucastel.

Very old vines near Chateau de Beaucastel. You will see a small portion of replanted vines - a prove of good health conditions in a vineyard.

Resting soil at Beaucastel. To the right a map showing the situation of the domain's vineyards

All wines from Beucastel and wines from other appellations made by Perrin og Fils is made in cellars in Orange. Chateauneuf du Pape is aged at Beaucastel

Famille Perrin at twitter March 2019: "New cellar all done" - at Chateau Beaucastel i Courthezon

In 2009 Famille Perrin bought Restaurant l'Oustalet situated at the square in Gigondas from Gabriel Meffre. The restaurant got it's first Michelin star in 2019 

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Updated  25-03-2021