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Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1985

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

With a very youthful initial pop of butter tinged graham cracker this quickly settles down revealing sweet and sour cherried fruit with medicinal and root beer tones. A bit of alcoholic heat compared to the older wines. There is a toffeed sweetness to the nose conveying a sense of ripeness though this offers up nice minerality and fine complexity with its gamey, peppery, black tea notes. In the mouth this is it’s typical round and friendly self. The acidity is on the soft side and the tannins are fine and ripe. Filled with relatively simple black fruits this is fun but lacks complexity though it does finish with nice black spice to complement the black fruits. A fine wine but lacking in this company 2008 – 2016 89pts

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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 Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,392
4.00 5
11/20/2008

With a very youthful initial pop of butter tinged graham cracker this quickly settles down revealing sweet and sour cherried fruit with medicinal and root beer tones. A bit of alcoholic heat compared to the older wines. There is a toffeed sweetness to the nose conveying a sense of ripeness though this offers up nice minerality and fine complexity with its gamey, peppery, black tea notes. In the mouth this is it’s typical round and friendly self. The acidity is on the soft side and the tannins are fine and ripe. Filled with relatively simple black fruits this is fun but lacks complexity though it does finish with nice black spice to complement the black fruits. A fine wine but lacking in this company 2008 – 2016 89pts


Member Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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Snooth User: wic
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5.00 5
07/27/2009

Excellent nose. Very good wine. Really enjoyed drinking and smell.


Snooth User: Chora
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4.50 5
02/20/2009

Exciting gamey nose with a complex sweetness on the palate. Perfectly mature but still long and flavoursome.


External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

...One of the most charming Beaucastels since it was first bottled (and still holding on today), is the gorgeous 1985. Its medium ruby color reveals considerable amber/pink at the edge. This offering demonstrates that a wine does not need a lot of ta... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 1985 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

...One of the most charming Beaucastels since it was first bottled (and still holding on today) is the gorgeous 1985. Its medium ruby color reveals considerable amber/pink at the edge. This offering demonstrates that a wine does not need a lot of tannin and power to age well; it s all about balance. Velvety-textured opulent sweet and appealing this remains a classic Beaucastel... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/20/2013

One of the most consistent wines, and among the easiest Beaucastels to assess, the 1985 was delicious before bottling, after bottling, and has routinely offered an opulent, rich, savory style of wine ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 1985 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml



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