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2020 Hommage à Jacques Perrin

The Collective Review

Sitting alongside the likes of Lafite, DRC, Rousseau, Vega Sicilia & Grange, the Chateau de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin is undoubtedly one of the world’s true elite bottlings.

With over 10 x 100 point scores from the last five years of vintages alone, it is also one of the most rarified, coveted, and frankly greatest wines ever produced.

Just look at a Christie’s or Sotheby’s auction of ‘Fine & Rare’ wines. Hommage à Jacques Perrin is so lusted for on the secondary market, it often gets its own place in the table of contents.

You’ll also see it regularly gracing the pages of websites dedicated to wine investments, as it's one of the few labels that increases its return over time. And don’t forget the La Place de Bordeaux, the famed institution where every year all the grand chateaux of Bordeaux release their en primeur offerings. Beaucastel was held in such high esteem it was included as one of the first ever non-Bordeaux wines to be given a prestigious place on the market.

Three generations of the Perrin family have poured their hearts and souls into winemaking in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and decades of innovation have resulted in the wines we see today. They are perhaps the most pure expression on the region and it’s grapes that you will find. Any lover of French Reds, or wine in general would lament on his deathbed had he not had the opportunity to to taste a wine from this most grandiose and elegant of estates.

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Tasted from foudre, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is approximately 60% Mourvèdre (from the same parcel, year after year), with the balance a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Ripe plums and truffle-like notes mark the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and rich, with a long, velvety finish. Showing even more complexity and length than the regular bottling, there's a chance this could reach a triple-digit score down the road. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
99 POINTS
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate

Tasted from foudre, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is approximately 60% Mourvèdre (from the same parcel, year after year), with the balance a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Ripe plums and truffle-like notes mark the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and rich, with a long, velvety finish. Showing even more complexity and length than the regular bottling, there's a chance this could reach a triple-digit score down the road.

Expert Review
99 POINTS
James Suckling

Enveloping nose of super-ripe orange, pomegranate and cigar leaf that’s still very youthful and needs time to reveal its myriad nuances. Also notes of licorice, dried herbs and rose petals. Enormous concentration, silkiness and finesse on the expansive palate. Extravagant in the best sense of that word! The finish gets finer, the closer it gets to infinity. Drinkable now, but best from 2025.

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98 POINTS
Jeb Dunnuck

Lastly, the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Homage A Jacque Perrin was tasted out of foudre and is clearly another brilliant vintage here. I always find this cuvée, which is almost all Mourvedre, to offer more blue fruit characteristics in its youth, and the 2020 is no exception, offering tons of blueberry, cassis, and black raspberry as well as notes of smoked meat, tobacco, graphite, and peppery herbs. With remarkable purity, full-bodied richness, building yet incredible tannins, and the same straight, focused, powerful mouthfeel of the classic cuvée, it's not going to show its full potential until a solid decade after the vintage and it will be a 30-year wine.

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98 POINTS
Georgina Hindle - Decanter

Gorgeous florality on the nose, fresh rose petals and sweet red fruits, so beguiling and tempting. Beautiful fragranced fruit on the palate, the roses really continue all the way, edging the fruit and giving the palate such scent. Tannins are smooth and well integrated and this has a gorgeous texture, full and generous but silky smooth and so delectable. Excellent acidity gives freshness and energy and underpins the flavours giving a lovely hit of spiced liquorice, caramelised nuts and cola cubes. Feels really well worked, intense and concentrated but excellent definition and focus. A stylish and seductive wine. Hold onto for a few years. 5% Counoise completes the blend. Drink: 2025 - 2048.

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97 POINTS
Matt Walls - Decanter

Closed for now, but very Mourvèdre in style: dense, dark and brooding. Great intensity but not as tannic as some vintages, showing lovely acidity, freshness and purity. This is a classic, compact and fresh style of Hommage, with great energy, plus endless length and depth. Around 60% of the blend comes from old vine Mourvèdre from their Courrieux vineyard. Grapes are destemmed, fermented in tronconic wooden vats using natural yeasts after a brief cold maceration, with regular punching down.

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Tasting Notes

Very dark robe; the bouquet has a good tinkle of clarity even with its firm intensity of black fruit, a discreet smoulder about it; cassis and lardon come forward. The palate attacks on articulate, stylish blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, moves with ease and elegance and collects fine-tuned, precise tannins towards the iodine-sea shore finish, with a clear, polished tone to it. It’s a very refined Hommage, tuneful more than powerful, its grace appealing. It will develop its flourish and flair over time, a serenade in store here.

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Customer Reviews
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