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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005
"The wine has an inky blue/purple color, a more dramatic bouquet than the regular cuvee, consisting of asphalt, crushed pepper, fresh red beef, tar, truffle, and loads of blueberry, blackberry, and cassis. The wine is very full-bodied, extraordinarily powerful, frightfully concentrated...98." WA 10/07.
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Editorial Reviews for Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
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
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
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
Wish I had bought a case of this before WS put it in their Top 100. Delicious, smooth, very fruit forward.
Vin unique à moment unique.. Souvenirs au restaurant "Le Verger des Papes"
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.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Beaucastel has made another great Chacirc;teauneuf du Pape in 1990. In stylistic terms, it is completely different from the profound 1989. The color is opaque black/ruby/ purple, and who can complain about the perfume of smoked meats, coffee, hickory, oriental spices, and black raspberries? In the mouth, the wine, while concentrated, full-bodied, and extremely rich, displays harder tannins, slightly higher acidity, and comes across as a more muscular, austere example of Beaucastelhellip; will not be approachable young, and will need at least 6ndash;7 years in the cellar.
At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; itrsquo;s slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so.
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.
Like some rsquo;99s, itrsquo;s a bit leaner that the 2000s or 1998rsquo;s, but itrsquo;s well-made, with youthful exuberance of ripe fruit, toasted oak, grilled meat, smoked chestnuts and blood orange, ironlike notes. Best from 2005 through 2010.
The 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is far superior to the 2003, a wine of considerable richness, tremendous intensity, and impressive definition and length. Usually a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Counoise, and other varietals, the 2004 shows a dense purple color to the rim and a big, sweet nose of licorice, blackberries, pepper, Asian tea, spice, and a balsamic note. The wine has fabulous richness, great freshness, full body, and sweet, velvety-textured tannins. This wine should be approachable young, but hit its peak in about 7-8 years, and last for two decades or more.
Beaucastelrsquo;s 2001 is assertive and intense, its black fruit flavors acquiring leathery, peppery overtones. Its brooding power is complemented by a silky texture, and it finishes with ripe, suave tannins.
The classic 1995 Châteauneuf du Pape will require discipline. Like most top vintages of Beaucastel, a decade of patience will be warranted before this wine will be enjoyable to drink. Given how tight and closed the 1993 and 1994 are, it is the rare vintage of Beaucastel (1989, 1990, and 1985) that is accessible in its youth, yet they remain capable of aging for 20-25 years. In some ways, proprietors Francois and Jean Pierre Perrin might be accused of trying to make the wine too long-lived, as if this is the primary merit to a great red wine. The 1995 will have three decades of longevity, but it will not be approachable before 2006. It exhibits a deep dark ruby/purple color, and a provocative (probably controversial) aromatic profile of animal fur, tar, truffles, black cherries, cassis, licorice, and minerals. A medium to full-bodied wine, with a boatload of tannin, considerable grip and structure, and a weighty feel in the mouth, this appears to be a classic vin de garde made in the style of the 1978 Beaucastel (which is still not close to full maturity). Prospective purchasers over the age of forty should be buying this wine for their children.
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