Nicola's Tasting Note:
Vibrant red to the rim, with a juicy nose of ripe, red summer fruits – redcurrant, almost raspberry – leading to a lovely spiced nose of soft red and black fruits, light tannins, nicely crunchy to a light tarry finish. Deliciously elegant. Would also be rather good chilled!
Style: Lighter fruitier red
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Bottle size: 750ml.
Case size: 12
Grape variety: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault
Maturity: Ready to drink
Eco information: Culture raisonnée
Grower Information: Château Beauchêne is owned by the Bernard family, whose history in Orange dates back to the 17th Century. Originally tenant farmers, the Bernards bought their first vineyard soon after the second phase of the French Revolution in 1794, a vineyard that is still part of the estate, today owned and run by Michel and Dominique Bernard and their daughter, Amandine. The 80 hectares at Château Beauchêne are represented by three appellations Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. The beautiful 18th Century Château was purchased by Michel Bernard in 1986 with the aim of developing the estate’s vineyards where the red grapes Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre predominate, although the estate also produces a small amount of white wine. The entire harvest is bottled at the Château, whose vaulted cellars provide perfect conditions for ageing in French oak barrels.The Bernard family practices cultivation according to the principles of “culture raisonnée”, taking environmental issues into consideration alongside the commercial objectives of running a 21st Century business. Their main aims are to preserve the balances of their soils and to maintain a bio-diversity, to produce grapes of a high organoleptic quality and to minimise pollution and respect the environment.