Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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[96 pts Robert Parker] Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine from very old vines w...

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As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly bla... Read more

Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-... Read more

The winery indicates it has use of all varietals this appellation will allow, whether or not they are in there at what percent, is their business, ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065197,698
4.50 5
04/07/2009

As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly blanket of spicy plum fruits. There are nice mineral, floral and earthen notes here but this is really about wonderfully pure, deep fruit. I love Coudoulet with some age on, I just, regrettably, finished my stash of 1998s which were absolutely singing. In a world where $50 Cheateauneuf have become the norm this remain a serious bargain. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065197,698
4.50 5
02/06/2013

Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-s-thon. Turn back the clock to beaucastel of days gone by all backed up with super clean fresh black fruit Big and slightly thick in the mouth, there is an early minty edge here followed by a palate full of tight but rich, muscular, meaty dark fruit filled with carob, earth and almost fudgy candied flavors. Finishing dry and dark with deep earthy notes hints of heat, pepperiness and some old woodiness this is still a bit tannic and firm in the mouth but at the same time it shows great precision and balance. A fabulous beaucastel. 94pts


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Snooth User: gtv john
133880103
5.00 5
02/12/2009

The winery indicates it has use of all varietals this appellation will allow, whether or not they are in there at what percent, is their business, and by gosh, grant them what is theirs in this heavenly pursuit: parts of MOURVEDRE, GRENACHE, SYRAH, CINSAULT, VACARESE, COUNOISE, TERRET NOIR, MUSCARDIN, CLAIRETTE, PICPOUL, PICARDAN, BOURBOULENC, and ROUSSANNE make up their issue of solid reliability in the hierarchy of French Classics...ah, those Perrin Brothers, must be some guys. Pierre Perrin gives us deep opaque lush plums und blackberry rosettes of fragrance, in a stoic resilient spiciness that fades quickly to a lower volume monotone balance backdrop that is the gauze curtain behind which a big layer of complexity exists in flying buttress mineral structures like any Middle Earth Cathedral, one that follows the taste flowing out to the end in gentle release with a balanced eloquent finish prescribed by, whom else, must be by decree of Pope John XXII. It is that noble. Spectacular expansive, serene realm of all that it touches kind of nobility. I like the accessibility of the Château La Nerthe C-D-P much more for the apparent multi-faceted spice complexities, but give Beaucastel their due and diligence, they are at the top in their own realm. Rate this 2005 vintage an easy 96


Snooth User: brinksman
36786100
4.50 5
08/07/2008

Wish I had bought a case of this before WS put it in their Top 100. Delicious, smooth, very fruit forward.


Snooth User: Pierrot
10128268
5.00 5
11/27/2008

Vin unique à moment unique.. Souvenirs au restaurant "Le Verger des Papes"


Snooth User: mfriedensohn
9077495
4.00 5
10/06/2008

I love chocalatey bold flavored wines, you can drink this wine by itself and it almost feels like a meal (not recommending for a weight loss program!). But it can really stand on its own, maybe with some cheese or breads. Really quite good.


Snooth User: AdamRobert
3186285
3.50 5
09/22/2007

A well made, fruity, but not too jammy wine that makes me want to start liking zinfandel. I don't know if its worth $30 or $40, but its a safe bet that most everyone should like. And the label is really cool.


Snooth User: Jesse Janz
7398470
4.50 5
06/03/2008

For the price ($35 US) you can't beat this wine. It is mainly zinfandel and is very fruit forward with wild berry and an underlying spice. The wine starts big and ends with a medium long finish that will make you want to order more.


Snooth User: tboneinfc
4079950
5.00 5
01/21/2008

Rich, fruit forward without being the "fruit bomb" so common these days. Robust nose without the astringent smell for such a strong alcohol content wine. Complex on the palate smoky sweet without being cloying. This wine is a treat for me.


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External Reviews for Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

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

Super-ripe blackberry and cassis fruit dominate the 2000 Beaucastel's aromatics. This low acid, accessible Beaucastel is likely to be bottled earlier than normal according to Francois Perrin. A classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, with the remainder miscellaneous varietals, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses a sweet nose dominated by black fruits, loads of glycerin, full body, and superb purity. It will be atypically delicious young, yet will last 15-20 years.


External Review
07/06/2011

Super-ripe blackberry and cassis fruit dominate the 2000 Beaucastel's aromatics. This low acid, accessible Beaucastel is likely to be bottled earlier than normal according to Francois Perrin. A classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, with the remainder miscellaneous varietals, this deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses a sweet nose dominated by black fruits, loads of glycerin, full body, and superb purity. It will be atypically delicious young, yet will last 15-20 years.


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

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 3ndash;5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.


External Review
10/07/2009

Really dense and locked up now this is packed with dark fig currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar hot stone bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030. 96 Points Wine Spectator


External Review
07/06/2011

Good full red. Less obviously ripe aromas of black cherry, dark berries, cocoa powder and smoke, plus a faint medicinal nuance. More open in the mouth today that the last; shows lovely sweetness and texture and very good cut and thrust. Hints of leather and game. Not quite as ripe as the '97, but finishes quite persistent, with a subtly perfumed quality. This may well be for drinking after the '97.


External Review
07/06/2011

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastel'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 vintage's finest wines. Give it 4-6 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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Powerful, with lush layers of mango, papaya and fig, but itrsquo;s all kept bright and pure, with additional stone fruit, mineral and salted butter notes underneath. The superlong finish just lets the power and grace hang together beautifully. Drink now through 2020.


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Winemaker's Notes:

[96 pts Robert Parker] Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine from very old vines with 50% of it kept in tank and 50% barrel-fermented and the blend done prior to bottling. The wine has fabulous intensity a big sweet nose of exotic fruit fig marmalade and honeysuckle huge body decent acidity and an unctuous palate. It is a gorgeous wine.

[96 pts Robert Parker] Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is a knock-out wine from very old vines with 50% of it kept in tank and 50% barrel-fermented and the blend done prior to bottling. The wine has fabulous intensity a big sweet nose of exotic fruit fig marmalade and honeysuckle huge body decent acidity and an unctuous palate. It is a gorgeous wine.

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