Chateau de Beaucastel
All thirteen permitted grape varieties are grown and used in the main red, with an unusually large proportion of Mouvedre an estate signature. Perhaps the most distinctive part of vinification here is that after sorting all fruit is flash heated and cooled before an extended maceration prior to fermentation. Only Syrah spends any time in new oak, all other varieties are matured in large old casks. The whites are highly prized, with the varietal Roussanne particularly long lived. Vinification of the whites has changed very recently and malolactic is no longer allowed. Altogether a fine estate with a distinguished history.