Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2007
Château de Beaucastel is located five kilometres south-east of Orange at the northern limit of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The 30 hectares Coudoulet de Beaucastel vineyard lies just to the east of Beaucastel on the other side of the A7 autoroute. For reasons that will become evident, it is often referred to as a baby Beaucastel. When one looks at the geology of the soil at Coudoulet, the similarities with the soil at Beaucastel are legion. It is composed of a layer of marine limestone from the Miocene period, covered by a deposit of alpine diluvium. This blanket of rounded stones (or "galets") contributes much to the wines of Beaucastel: they retain the intense heat of the Mediterranean sun during the day then slowly disperse it to the vines during the night. They provide a head start to the vines in springtime. During the long Mediterranean summer, lack of water can stress the vineyard at times. Coudoulet, as Beaucastel, owes its ability to age to the high proportion of Mourvedre - about 30% - that makes up the final cuvée. This provides a tannic backbone and resistance to oxidation that ensures long life. In addition, Mourvedre introduces aromas of leather, tobacco, and spice to the blend. The resulting wine is bright and lively in colour, with great depth. The nose shows delightful red fruits whilst the palate is luscious, with hints of thyme.
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Fantastic bargain, just enough meat there, but must let sit for min 40 minutes
External Reviews for Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Ripe but well focused, with a beam of fig and ganache running through the middle, while licorice, mulled spice and incense notes fill in the edges. A tarry hint frames the finish. Mourvegrave;dre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Drink now through 2011.
The blockbuster 2007 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet, always one of the best bargains from the south, may be the finest Coudoulet ever produced. A blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Cinsault, and a few other authorized varietals, is incredibly opulent and rich, with sensational notes of black currants, licorice, smoked herbs, and meat juices, a full-bodied mouthfeel, savory tannins, and good acidity as well as length. This outstanding wine can be drunk now or cellared for 10ndash;15 years.
Blended in roughly equal proportions of Mourvegrave;dre, Grenache, Syrah and 80-year-old Cinsault grapes. This wine is rich and concentrated, with aromas of dark fruits, ink and spice. Firm tannins suggest a bit of time in the cellar, but there is enough fruit present to enjoy this now.