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Ch Beaucastel Chat du Pape 2007
An expansive palette of grape varieties adds to the ensemble of Beaucastel's<br/>Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 2007, be it the white pepper from the Counoise,<br/>the hedgerow from the Cinsault, the notes of summer pudding from the Syrah or<br/>the pure red berry fruit from the Grenache. It is however the power of the<br/>dominant Mourvèdre with its notes of charcuterie and bacon rind, which<br/>intimates longevity and a satisfying crescendo over the next fifteen years.
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Big rich nose yet not overdone with currants, dusty fruit and an obvious oak kiss. The palate is velvety smooth with a semi-sweet mid-palate performance as it shows red and blue fruits with cinnamon gram cracker. Nice, long fruity finish.
This one is a bit more reserved than the bold bruiser that was 2006. However, I think I preferred the 2006 just a bit more. This one's more calm and a tad more refined. Still a magnificent blend form Orin Swift. BV tasting 11/14/09 Lee's Discount Liquor
sweeter than I expected, with caramel and strawberry in the mid-palate, almost a little syrupy. wonderful finish. had it with fig/anise bread, which it matched nicely. definitely better with decanting.
Wonderful dessert wine with chocolate. Nice and hefty with lots of plum. Not as good as 04, 05 or 06. Try to get those first.
Amazing cult wine -
Chocolate on the nose with a a slight hint of damp vegetation. light fruit on the front with chocolate coming through on the mid palette and finish with some woodiness and tobacco. Crisp acidity towards the end helps to provide overall balance.
1. 2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner – Napa Valley (15.2%) – Color: perfect (interpret as you will), Nose: ooo, a bit hot, time to decant….(“Smells like a winner! –Alastor), Taste: Ahh, just dances on the tongue…like Pop Rocks, very strong chocolate notes, cloves, cinnamon, subtle, plums, solid lasting finish that reminds me of home. Lamarr: A, strong A (a very good wine, yet could by a wine of similar stature for much less, low 20s. Interested in the ‘04 through ’06 vintages, as I’m told those blow this out of the water) Hector: A, 94 (It was good, not what I expected, so perhaps I’m a bit disappointed, yet is quite delicious)
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A blend of 80% Roussanne and the remainder Grenache blanc, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Clairette that's aged mostly in stainless steel and 20% in 225 liter oak casks, the 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc sports gorgeous aromas of pe... Rhone Report, The. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2007 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 750ml
96 Points - Wine SpectatorLayers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit are laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the lat
Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast, tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025.
Beaucastel is one of the most balanced Chateauneufs vintage in and out, as the Perrins take full advantage of the 13 permitted grape varieties (rather than relying heavily on the sun-loving grenache, as many do) and take care to avoid overripeness. The result offers all the licorice, plum, earth and spice that define Chateauneuf, yet it glides over the palate, never weighing it down.
The 1998 Chacirc;teau Beaucastel Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape includes more Grenache (40%) in the final blend, as well as 20% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance from other authorized grape varietals. It is an explosively rich, remarkably flattering Beaucastel, even after bottling. Most Beaucastels have a tendency to shut down completely, and not reemerge for 6ndash;10 years. Bottled early in the summer, the 1998 is flamboyant, no doubt because of the larger than normal percentage of Grenache. It boasts explosive richness, thick, juicy blackberry and kirsch liqueur, smoke, licorice, roasted meats and truffles. The acidity seems low, and the wine fat, full-bodied, and intense.
One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastelrsquo;s 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep ruby/purple in color with loads of licorice, smoked game, black cherry and blackberry fruit, along with incense and truffle, the wine has fabulous richness, high tannin, medium to full body, and beautiful length, richness, and purity. This is a beauty and one of the vintagersquo;s finest wines. Give it 4ndash;6 years of bottle age and drink it over the next 25+ years. It has the potential to be one of the longest-lived Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage.
Much like it was in 1998, the blend for Beaucastel's 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape includes more Grenache (50%) since that varietal was both consistent and of high quality. The balance is 20% Mourvedre, and 30% such varietals as Syrah and Counoise. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by an earthy style, moderately high levels of tannin, and neither the suppleness nor forward flamboyance of the 2000 or 2001. Dense, full-bodied, and structured, the 2003 is clearly a vin de garde. It will require 5-6 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 15-18.
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