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Excellent CNP from a strong vintage. Smooth, rich, soft and distinctly sweet (the way the Romans liked them--and why they planted the Rhone).
Always try to put this wine away and enjoy it years down the road. But I always pull it out for any special occasion. Hardest bottle to keep!!!
????????????? great nose! wonderful taste very light
External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
This is a beautiful wine, holding a perfect balance between bright, fresh fruit and savory notes of leather and spice. The blackberry flavors have a cool, foresty feel; the minerality runs deep, as smooth and overt as the galets that pave Beaucastelrsquo;s vineyards. Itrsquo;s completely welcoming right now, especially with a rack of lamb.
On the lighter side, pretty currant and caramel flavors that linger on the fine-grained finish. Drink now.
Fresh and fruity, with smooth tannins, this delivers nice cassis, blackberry and cherry notes. Good acidity leads to a mouthpuckering, racy finish. Drink now through 2003.
Clean and fresh, bursting with fruit and spices. Full-bodied, it delivers some game, truffle, vanilla notes. Itrsquo;s distinctive and ought to reveal wonderful terroir with age, but for now it hasnrsquo;t come together. Needs time. Drink now through 2020.
Beaucastel'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.
One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastelandrsquo;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 vintageandrsquo;s finest wines. Give it 4andndash;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.
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.
Food Pairings for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Dietary Information: Organic
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