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Château de Beaucastel is located five kilometres south-east of Orange at the northern limit of the Châteauneuf du Pap...Read more...
A very good Côtes du Rhône, who would compete with many small Chateauneuf. Mourvedre brings some animal and pepper twist, this is still a full bodi... Read more
I drank a bottle of this Rhone Valley treat with a good friend of mine recently and was very impressed. I found this on a massive wine list a socia... Read more
A fabulous year for the reds of both Coudoulet and Beaucastel, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet (about 10,000 cases produ... Read more
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A very good Côtes du Rhône, who would compete with many small Chateauneuf. Mourvedre brings some animal and pepper twist, this is still a full bodied wine, it is very good now but can be kept one or two years without to be worried.
I drank a bottle of this Rhone Valley treat with a good friend of mine recently and was very impressed. I found this on a massive wine list a social club I am a member of has currently. I believe the club price was $38/bottle, but well worth it in my opinion. This had a dark red color with similar dark fruit and a touch of pepper from what I recall. This blend matched perfected with the seared scallops and Canadian bacon we were snacking on at the time.
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A fabulous year for the reds of both Coudoulet and Beaucastel, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet (about 10,000 cases produced) offers a rich perfume of melted licorice, smoke, saddle leather, blackberries, cherries, and a sug... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2001 Beaucastel, Chateau Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone 750ml
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. However, the resistance built into Beaucastel's vine stock from 30 years of continuous organic culture allows the vineyard to come through periods of drought with few problems. Because the soil is porous and aerated, the vineyards at Beaucastel have developed root systems that penetrate deep into the earth in their search for water. 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. One should note also that the Beaucastel and Coudoulet vineyards are at the northern limit for growing Mourvedre, and it is well known that the best expressions of any varietal come from the cooler parts of their growing areas. The other main variety, Grenache, gives Coudoulet the rounded fullness and intense fruit that is typical of Côtes du Rhône. Syrah and Cinsault represent about 20% each and bring tannins and aromatic complexity to Coudoulet. After careful hand harvesting, the grapes are transferred to the winery. Maceration takes place in enamel tiled vats over about 12 days before the free-run wine is taken off and a light pneumatic pressing applied. Each grape variety is kept separately until after malo-lactic fermentation, when the final blend is decided. The young wine continues to mature for about six months in large oak barrels or "foudres". In March following the vintage, the wine is fined with egg whites and bottled. Area of production Côtes du Rhône, adjoining the vineyard of Château de Beaucastel between Orange and Avignon. The Coudoulet vineyard is 30 hectares / 60 acres in size. Geology Miocene marine molasses with a layer of alpine diluvium (rounded pebbles). Grape varieties Grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 30%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 20%. Vinification Hand picked harvest and sorted grapes which are then heated briefly to 30°C / 176°F before being cooled to 20°C / 68°F. Maceration in enamel tiled vats for twelve days. The juice is then drained off the rest pressed pneumatically. Maturing The different grape varieties, which have been vinified separately, are blended together after malo-lactic fermentation and matured for six to eight months in large oak barrels. The wine is bottled after fining with egg whites.
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