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Grape varieties The thirteen grape varieties of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation with a strong percentage of Mourv...Read more...
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-... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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
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This rich red still shows the backward intensity of youth, with a dark color and initially reductive aromas. But be patient - behind the firm tannins there's a core of ripe, rich plum, with notes of game, herb and mineral that promise complexity with age. Best after 2000.
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.
Beaucastel has made another great Châteauneuf 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 Beaucastel... will not be approachable young, and will need at least 6-7 years in the cellar.
There's a clarity to the red cherry scent of this wine, and the flavor follows through, clean and bright. Smoke, stones, and tannin emerge only in the end. Cellar to play up those notes; drink now with duck for pure holiday pleasure.
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.
The 1993 Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape (25% of the crop was eliminated from the final blend) is reminiscent of the 1985. The Perrins achieved exceptional ripeness in 1993. This opaque purple-colored wine exhibits a dazzling, seductive nose of black fruits, olives, coffee, and herbs. Full-bodied, sweet, and rich, with terrific purity, this large-scaled, complex, smoky, black fruit- scented and flavored wine can be drunk now as well as over the next 15-20+ years. 1993 appears to be superior to the very good vintages of 1988, 1983, and 1979.
Good intensity. This inky red barrel sample shows tight flavors of toasty oak, ripe plum and blueberry and polished, almost elegant texture, with very well-integrated tannins. Modern style and structure give this wine a bright, sophisticated character.
Grape varieties The thirteen grape varieties of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation with a strong percentage of Mourvèdre and Grenache (30% each), Syrah 10%, Counoise 10% Cinsault 5% and the rest divided up amongst the remaining grape varieties: Vaccarèse, Terret noir, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne. The Grenache and the Cinsault give the wine its colour, intensity and softness. The Mourvèdre, Syrah, Muscardin and Vaccarèse give the wine its renowned ageing potential and dark, classic character. The Counoise, Picpoul and other varieties provide freshness, fragrance and aromatic quality. Vinification Hand picking, then sorting of grapes upon arrival at the cellar. The skins of the grapes are heated briefly to 80 °C / 176 °F and then cooled to 20 °C /6O °F before the bunches drop into enamel tiled vats for twelve days' maceration. The free-run juice is then drained off and the must in the vat pressed in a pneumatic wine-press. Maturing The various grape varieties, most of which have been vinified separately, are blended after malo-lactic fermentation following a series of tastings. The resulting wine is then matured for one year in large oak barrels and then bottled after fining with egg whites. The wine is then matured in bottles for another year before release. Tasting notes Colour: very dark red. Nose: red fruits, leather, truffles, musk. Palate: spices, pepper, liquorice. To serve Serve at 15 °C / 59 °F in fine glasses.
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