Jean-Pierre & François Perrin
Jean-Pierre & François Perrin stepped up to lead the Rhône’s flagship estate in 1978, following in the footsteps of Jacques Perrin, their father. Beaucastel has been renowned ever since it was founded in 1549. In 1687, Pierre de Beaucastel was appointed "Capitaine de la Ville de Courthézon" by the French king Louis XIV, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism. The Perrin family has owned the estate since 1909. They first began orienting their viticulture towards organics in 1950, then in 1974 they converted to biodynamics. The choice of grape varieties reflects their determination to carry on tradition: all 13 of the historic grape varieties of Châteauneuf-du-Pape are still cultivated here – and each one is vinified separately. This is done with total destemming, thermo-regulation, and ageing in large oak casks. Only then comes the moment for blending, according to a recipe handed down through four generations – a unique heritage of knowledge, experience, and savoir-faire... The final blend spends an additional year in large oak barrels. The bottles are then held in the estate’s cellars yet another year, to ensure they are only released once fully mature.