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Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2004

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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

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

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Snooth User: qmckenna
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5.00 5
02/17/2009

Excellent CNP from a strong vintage. Smooth, rich, soft and distinctly sweet (the way the Romans liked them--and why they planted the Rhone).


Snooth User: Wardeaux
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4.00 5
04/26/2010

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!!!


Snooth User: idk
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5.00 5
04/22/2009

????????????? great nose! wonderful taste very light


Snooth User: ericawinnie
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3.50 5
10/11/2008

Three and a half glasses


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

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

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.


External Review
01/10/2013

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
05/19/2011

Full body, medium acid. Red fruits, cinnamon, ginger, leather. Soft, lush texture. Heavy wood and game notes. Complex. High tannins in the finish suggest some cellar time.


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