(2012 Vintage) While not the most structured vintage of Beaucastel, this is a full-bodied, creamy textured rendering of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Finely detailed notes of plum, thyme and leather mark the nose, while the flavors are ripe almost to the point of jamminess. Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, Note : 93/100, 2016-05-01 Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit liqueur aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice and cola. Broad, sweet and fleshy, offering concentrated blackberry and boysenberry flavors enlivened by juicy acidity and a peppery spice nuance. Tightens up slowly on the youthfully tannic, focused finish, which clings with resonating spiciness and outstanding tenacity.
International Wine CellarRating: 92(+?) - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jan-02
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 131 on Oct-00
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/02