Château de Beaucastel
Excellence is naturally present in the vineyard, which stretches across more than 100 hectares, surrounding the estate buildings, and this same skill is found too in the chateau itself where nothing has been left to chance. It is rather like a museum, and opens onto the wine-making installations and ageing cellars. “Beaucastel is an historic and traditional flagship where very little needs to be changed”, explains Thomas Perrin. “Understanding the terroir has enabled us to acquire great precision with our harvesting; we deal with each grape variety individually, plot by plot, according to the varying stages of ripeness and the same goes for maceration and fermentation.” To further increase efficiency, whilst ensuring that traditional skills are preserved, the Perrin family has re-structured its wine-making facilities. To be reasonably ergonomic, whites are separated from reds on their arrival at the vat house. We consider it is essential to rationalise work in order to reduce the number of operations involved.” Next to the vat house, a completely new ageing cellar stores a treasure comprised of ten thousand bottles waiting patiently to be sold. This cellar sustains the magic of Château de Beaucastel.