The 30ha Coudoulet vineyard is just east of the vineyard of Beaucastel on the other side of the A7 motorway, and Coudoulet is often described as ‘baby Beaucastel’. The Beaucastel and Coudoulet terroirs are virtually identical -- ancient seabeds covered by deposits of the famous ‘galets roulés’, rounded pebbles and larger stones that absorb heat during the day and release it slowly at night, giving the vines the best possible early spring start.
The typical blend for this superior Côtes-du-Rhône is 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Shiraz and 10% Cinsault. Each variety is hand-harvested and kept separate in the winery. After fermentation the wines macerate in cement tanks for 12 days before careful, pneumatic pressing. Blending of the four varieties takes place after malolactic fermentation and the wine is matured in large oak foudres for six months before bottling.
Ripe cherry fruit... very impressive clarity on the palate... full of expressive fragrance. Snappy, refreshing finish... drinkable now.
17+ points, JancisRobinson.com, October 2016
A blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah and Cinsault, the 2015 Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge is a ripe, rounded, supple, sexy wine that offers tons of blackberry fruit, peppery herbs, violet, and tapenade aromas and flavours. Full-bodied, silky, polished and elegant, with sweet tannin and awesome purity, it's one of the strongest vintages I can remember from this estate.
92 points, JebDunnuck.com, March 2018
Leading off the 2015s from bottle, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel is impressive with its tobacco leaf, olive, and earthy, dark fruit-driven style. It’s medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, and has fabulous concentration and depth for a Côtes du Rhône. I’d happily drink it over the coming decade.
91 points, JebDunnuck.com, October 2017
Refined in style and substance, this has berry warmth, a touch of raisin and a perk of florals... lovely depth and a long finish.
Oz Clarke, Christelle Guibert and Andy Howard MW, October 2017.
Alluring, with warm raspberry and boysenberry confiture notes gliding along, carried by a well-embedded graphite edge and backed by warm fruitcake and dark tea accents on the finish. Drink now through 2025.
91 points, Wine Spectator, November 2017
Perennially one of the best Côtes du Rhône on the market, the Perrins have hit the mark again with their 2015 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel. So complex, lush and rich, it can compete with many producers' Châteauneufs, this vintage reveals dark fruit, hints of cola, cinnamon and allspice and a long, slightly warm finish.
92 points, Wine Advocate, November 2017