Editorial Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
A veritable brett bomb. I like a bit of brett but here it verges on excessive. There are still intense notes of roasted blackberry, Szechuan peppercorn, pink peppercorn and salty, white mushroom on the nose but the slightly elevated alcohol and brett really mar the nose. Polished and round in the mouth but here too the brett obscured much of what this wine has to offer. Very ripe with abundant tannin, this is polished and soft with richly spiced and licorice toned black fruits but the finish is a bit short and then there’s more brett. A solid performance but I have had bottles much less marred by brett. 2008-2017 88pts
pretty pale with a hint of bronze- bretty nose with a good hit of sweaty socka, kirsch, leather, intense roasted herbal notes – bright acidity in the mouth, still very structured, red berried up front, wild strawberry and strawberry seeds across the palate, a little jammy and a touch hot, very long and succulent anise seed/ green coffee bean tinged finish, just a bit dried out, this lacks the explosive fruit of better bottles, bit of heat damage here.
Not the best showing for this wine- I've had much, much better bottles- this was dominated by horsiness, and you could sense the core of fruit, but it never really showed itslef- decanted for 1.5 hours.
Opened a well maintained bottle from my own cellar of the '90 vintage (believe this to be a factor on this huge, long-lived wine -- it simply keeps going). Tasted it over five hours: the longer it sat the more pronounced the jammy blueberries and black-olive residue on the side of the tongue. Tannins started and remained round and smooth. Very complex nose. Still red on the rim. The vintage has been colossal over its life and can be consumed with impunity for the next 5-7 years. I think I will finish this vintage over the next year or two. The 1990 was a difficult wine for its first ten years and simply needed time. hence the comment on good cellaring.
External Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood coffee smoked meat Asian spices black cherries and blackberries. Lush opulent and full-bodied it is a fully mature profound Beaucastel that will last another 15-20 years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Not as appealing as the 89 our Wine of the Year in 1991 but it s a generous concentrated intensely fruity Ch
This was clearly one of the most incredible wines that our staff with some accumulated 60 years of tasting experience had ever tasted. The color is a glowing and luminescent orange-tinged rose-hued brick clear with the barest indication of browning. The never-ending m