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Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 1990

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Chateau de Beaucastel:
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" boug... Read more
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet". Later, the manor house that we know today was built here and you can still see the arms of the Beaucastel family sculpted in stone in one of walls of the drawingroom. The Beaucastels were among the more notable families of this little town and in 1687 Pierre de Beaucastel, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, was appointed "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV. The letter from Louis XIV, also signed by Colbert, to Pierre de Beaucastel is still in our possession. Two centuries later at the time of the phylloxera, the owner of Beaucastel was Elie Dussaud, a companion of Ferdinand de Lesseps who built the Suez Canal. In 1909 Pierre Tramier bought the property and Beaucastel then passed to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin, a scientist who considerably increased the vineyard holding. His efforts were continued by Jacques Perrin until 1978... Today the torch is carried by Jean Pierre and François, sons of Jacques. But Marc, Pierre, Thomas and Matthieu, who represent the fifth generation, are ready to pursue this fabulous family history. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,141
3.00 5
11/20/2008

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,141
4.00 5
02/11/2009

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.


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Snooth User: winenut718
4679145
0.00 5
08/05/2008

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.


Snooth User: Poldark Maximus
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4.00 5
04/14/2010

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.


Snooth User: hightechrider
5623849
5.00 5
04/11/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/30/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/30/2014

Not as appealing as the 89 our Wine of the Year in 1991 but it s a generous concentrated intensely fruity Ch


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/30/2014

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



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