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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
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
The sexy, plump, seductive, medium-bodied 2003 Merlot offers aromas and flavors of mocha, bay leaves, and berry fruit in a soft, supple-textured style. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.
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 Beaucastel's vineyards. It's completely welcoming right now, especially with a rack of lamb.
Crisp and vivid, with juicy blackberry and currant fruit at the center, aromatic with earth and herbs that carry over into the fine grained, minerally finish. An Aussie Merlot with real character. Drink now through 2008.
Rich in texture and flavor, with minty, creamy, vanilla and spice notes weaving through the basic black cherry fruit, echoing nicely on the fuzzy-grained finish. Drink now through 2004.
Beaucastel uses more of Mourvegrave;dre, which adds structure and density, than most of its peers do, making it one of the more age-worthy Chacirc;teauneufs. Its rsquo;98 joins the 1978, rsquo;89 and rsquo;90 as a benchmark Beaucastel. The 1989 was our Wine of the Year in 1991.
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 7andndash;8 years, and last for two decades or more.
This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve mdash; and therersquo;s a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.