Rhône Château Beauchêne
An all-time Private Cellar favourite, Château Beauchêne has been with us since our first ever wine list.
The southern Rhône covers a vast area with a correspondingly vast selection of wines on offer. Château Beauchêne is to be found in the heart of it, just outside Orange and a few kilometres shy of Châteauneuf du Pape, and is reassuringly still lived in and run by the Bernard family who have had been there for years. The family first bought vines in the area as early as 1794. As former head of InterRhône, the governing body for Rhône wines, Michel Bernard knows a thing or two about the region and its wines – dinners with him are fascinatingly insightful and perhaps just a little indiscreet in terms of who is doing what, although his wife Dominique tries to keep him in check. Their oldest daughter, Amandine, joined them in 2004.
Vineyards and Vinification
Château Beauchêne's vineyards encompass 70 hectares of vines spread between three appellations; Châteauneuf du Pape; Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. Black grape plantings are split between Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc make up the plantings for the white. Grapes come back to the Château for bottling, by way of the original vaulted 'chais' and modern cellars.
A run of good or better vintages has helped Château Beauchêne really up their game, producing wines which have a concentration and impact way ahead of their appellation level, offering fabulous value for money for any Rhône lover. Their whites are fresh and floral, the very epitome of instant gratification, whilst their reds demand a little more time in the cellar.
Have a look at their website here: https://chateaubeauchene.fr/eng/