2019 Chateau Beauchene Chateauneuf du Pape Vignobles de la Serriere
From a different sector of the appellation than the Grande Reserve, the 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Vignobles de la Serriere is a bit more fluid, red-fruited and silky than the estate's primary bottling. The blend is 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, yielding a concentrated, full-bodied effort that's ripe and delicious, with an attractive hint of licorice on the finish.
2019 Chateau Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grande Reserve
Beauchene's 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Grande Reserve delivers nicely balanced lavender and garrigue notes against a backdrop of black cherries and stone fruit. Grenache-dominated—there's 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah—it's full-bodied and lushly textured, finishing long and velvety, showing impressive intensity without excess weight or any sense of over-ripeness.
2019 Chateau Beauchene Hommage a Odette Bernard
The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Odette Bernard is the most impressive wine I've tasted to date from this under-the-radar estate in Piolenc. Primarily old-vine Grenache (some planted in 1903), with bits of Mourvèdre and Syrah, and aged in a combination of older wood and stainless steel, it offers a lovely balance of herbs and fruit on the nose, with garrigue and black cherries gently intermingling. Full-bodied, rich and expansive, it finishes long and velvety, with a nice licorice kick.