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48 Ratings
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wine Description

The result of all the efforts and innovations of three generations of the Perrin family is evident when one has the pleasure of tasting a good vintage of Château de Beaucastel at its peak. If one word could describe the red wines of Beaucastel it would be "pure": because these wines are the natural expression of the place and the grapes from which they come.

In this case the vineyard is a patchwork of the 13 permitted grape varieties It covers 70 hectares in all. The soil is the same porous, aerated blanket of Alpine diluvium (with rounded stones) over a base of Miocene marine limestone that exists elsewhere on the estate. The vines are on average 50 years old and yields are never more than 30 hectolitres per hectare and often much less. This is a vibrant and healthy vineyard due to years of organic cultivation.

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    WA96 Drink 2012-2037 Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more

    about 6 years
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    tried at altaya tasting 2010 - very smooth, great fruit - drinking well now but should last till 2030. great year for chateauneuf and also for this wine - gets 96 rating in several places

    over 9 years
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    96 Parker 2011-2040 30% mourvedre & Grenache 10% syrah & counoise balance 7 other grapes decant long

    almost 9 years
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    96 2011-2040

    almost 9 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/2009