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Château Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge 2003

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Wine Spectator Review Rated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 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. Wine Advocate Review Rated 92+ The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.

Editorial Reviews for Château Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,441
2.50 5
02/06/2013

Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts


External Reviews for Château Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhone Rouge

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990 although I donrsquo;t see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, eartly expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7ndash;8 years. Anticipated maturity 2008ndash;2025.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 1996 Beaucastel is performing better after time in the bottle. With high acidity, this tannic, austere example is reminiscent (at least texturally) of a young Meacute;doc. Blackberry, earthy, leathery, spicy notes can be found in the aromas. In the mouth, the wine exhibits medium body, tangy acidity, plenty of meaty Mourvegrave;dre characteristics, and a structured, austere finish. It should only be purchased by those with the patience to wait for this wine to develop. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The profound, inky purple-colored 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the great classic Beaucastels of recent years. It may be even better than its three immediate predecessors. The Perrins find the 2001 reminiscent of their 1990, a vintage that is drinking gloriously today. The 2001rsquo;s sumptuous bouquet of black fruits, saddle leather, underbrush, truffles, roasted herbs, cigar tobacco, and earth is followed by a concentrated, full-bodied wine with a penetrating intensity yet splendid freshness and vibrancy. This magnificent, majestic Beaucastel should hit its peak in a decade, and last 25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2030+.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

One of the big names of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and this wine justifies the fame of the Perrin family’s property. It is a rich style, but, more importantly, it is beautifully made, structured, dense, with red jelly fruits, a touch of vanilla and a fat, full-bodied, but firm aftertaste. This is a wine for aging — give it at least five years before touching it.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDYoung 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.Wine Advocate ReviewRated 92+The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. ldquo;Itrsquo;s the opposite of a bimbo wine,rdquo; Perrin offered.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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Wine Spectator Review Rated 94 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 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. Wine Advocate Review Rated 92+ The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.

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