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Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine

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Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Beaucastel is perhaps the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape wine. It’s also one of the oldest estates in the appellation dating all the way back to 1549, when the families first stake in the region came into being. Noble, Pierre de Beaucastel purchased the original parcel vineyard land located in the Coudoulet appellation.

Jumping ahead to the 20th century, Beaucastel was acquired by Pierre Tramier in 1909 from Elie Dussaud. Dussaud who first purchased the land in 1870 was known for working alongside with Ferdinand de Lesseps who helped build the Suez Canal. This was the beginning of the modern age for Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape as a wine producer. Following Tramier in managing the estates affairs was his son in law, Pierre Perrin who was succeeded by Jacques Perrin. Today, fourth generation in the family continue the tradition as the four Perrin brothers continue to follow in the family tradition of managing Beaucastel headed by Marc Perrin, Thomas Perrin, Pierre Perrin and Mathieu Perrin.

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Beaucastel, like all great wine estates is located on a unique terroir. The soils consist of sandstone that is covered by a massive array of rocks, stone and limestone. The rocks reflect the sunlight and hold in the heat from the sun. The heat transfers to the vines at night. The terroir at Beaucastel also affords natural drainage. Another key component to Beaucastel and much of Chateauneuf du Pape is the wind known as the Mistral, which keeps the air clean and the terroir dry.

Beaucastel owns 130 hectares of land. Of those 130 hectares, only 100 hectares are planted to vines. 70 of those hectares are located in Chateauneuf du Pape in the Chapouin and Coudoulet lieux-dits. The other 30 hectares are situated in the Cotes du Rhone appellation of Coudoulet. Beaucastel is known for having plantings of all 13 grape varietals allowed by AOC law. Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne. Interestingly, while Beaucastel is known for using all 13 grape varieties, for the red wine, they also include close to 5% of their white grape varieties in the final blend as well. The vineyard of Beaucastel is farmed using sustainable farming techniques. In fact, Beaucastel was one of the first estates in Chateauneuf du Pape to begin to farm their vineyards organically. This was quite risky when they started it in 1950. By 1974, they were also one of the first to farm using biodynamic farming techniques.

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After sorting, the grapes are completely destemmed. Beaucastel macerates each of the grape varieties separately in enamel coated vats. While bunch fermentation takes place in a combination of cement and steel vats. Malolactic fermentation also takes place with the varieties separated. At the start of the wine making process, Beaucastel quickly heats up the skins of the grapes until they reach a temperature of 80 degress Celsius or 176 Farenheit. After a short time at that high heat, about 20 seconds, the fruit is cooled back down to 20 degrees Celsius for fermentation.

The purpose allowing the grapes the short term exposure to heat at Beaucastel is to remove select enzymes and in the process, this retards oxidation, allowing for more freshness and purity in the fruit. In turn, the process will decrease the time needed for the extraction process. This patented technique is used more often than not with Grenache and most of the time, it is reserved for use in the more difficult years. The thought process is that a rapid extraction decreases the amount of undesirable characteristics, while retaining as much fruit and freshness as possible.

After the initial fermentation has concluded, the wine is blended before being placed in large oak foudres for about a year of aging. The Syrah is aged in separate barrels, some of which are new, French oak and is blended in later.

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For their red wine, Chateau Beaucastel produces 4 wines; Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel and Les Sinards along with the rare, expensive and sublime, Hommage a Jacques Perrin.

Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is usually a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 5% and other assorted varieties that could include up to 13 different grape types in all. One of the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape wines in the world, the average production is close to1 8,000 cases per year.

Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a different wine than Beaucastel in taste, feel, blend and price. The wine is produced by using a much larger percentage of old vine Mourvedre, which can be up to 60% of the blend, depending on the vintage. While the blend varies from year to year, yit is often close to 60% Mourvedre, 20% old vine Grenache, 10% Counoise and 10% Syrah. The grapes are destemmed and the wine is aged in an average of 12 to 18 months in used, French oak barrels. Out of the entire Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, this wine can probably be aged the longest. In fact, it does not begin to show well without several years, if not decades of bottle age. The wine is only produced in the best vintages. The debut vintage for Hommage a Jacques Perrin was 1989. The producion is quite small as on average, close to 350 cases are produced each vintage.

Beaucastel produces three Chateauneuf du Pape white wines, Beaucastel Blanc, Les Sinards and Beaucastel Blanc Vieille Vignes, along with a white Coudoulet de Beaucastel from a blend of 80% Roussanne and 5% Grenache Blanc with the remaining 5% coming from an assemblage of Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picardan. However, the Beaucastel Vieille Vignes is produced from 100% Roussanne frmo some of the oldest Roussanne vines in the Southern Rhone, with vines close to 80 years of age.The white wines of Beaucastel are aged in a combination of tak and French oak barrels. The Beaucastel Blanc Tradition as a production of close to 1,800 cases per year. Beaucastel Blanc Vieille Vignes is produced in a quantity of only 500 cases per year. The Beaucastel Vieille Vignes is an extremely long lived wine that often tastes much better at 20 – 30 years of age, than it does in its fruit forward youth.

The Perrin family also maintain a partnership in California with Robert Haas called Tablas Creek. Formed in 1989, the California winery focuses on producing Rhone styled wine with both red and white Rhone varietals.

Starting with the 2009 vintage, Beaucastel became one of the first wines outside of Bordeaux to be sold on the Place de Bordeaux by Bordeaux negociants. The Perrin family also produces one of the best red and white wines from their 30 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Earthy with dark red berries, luscious textures and dense, ripe, fresh fruits. There is a blast of cocoa with juicy, spicy black and red round fruits on the back end. This has length, character and the ability to age.

      94 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

    1. Concentrated, mouth filling, sweet, fresh and nutty, packed with rich, juicy fruits, ripe melons and citrus with a stony, sweet character in the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium bodied, in lighter, early drinking style that focuses on fresh, sweet red fruits and spice, with a sweet, spicy, slightly dusty, garrigue and kirsch finish. There are some tannins remaining to resolve. This could definitely improve with a few years of bottle age.

      93 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Polished, plush and plummy, the wine is fresh, sweet, concentrated and rich, with spicy, character, the backbone to age and a fresh, dark cherry, black raspberry and spicy charm. This will age quite well, yet, because the fruit and tannins are so ripe, it can be enjoyed young.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. With equal amounts of 30% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre along with different amounts of the other 11 allowed grape varietals, this is stuffed with luscious dark red berries, black pepper, fresh herbs, kirsch and earth. Deep, powerful and structured to age, it's informative to taste young, but 8-10 years in the cellar are going to really make this beautiful, but young expression of Beaucastel come alive.

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. With an earthy, barnyard, garrigue and fresh fruit bouquet on the nose, in the mouth, the wine is ripe, silky and fresh, with good acidity and warm, plush fruit sensations from start to finish.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. The great thing about 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is, most of the wines are drinkable on release and Beaucastel is no exception. The nose is compelling with its kirsch, herbs, underbrush and jammy plum notes. Lacking the same level of depth and concentration found in the top vintages, the texture is lush, plush and round, leaving you with lingering kirsch flavors. With time, this could be even better as it ages and develops.

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium bodied and light in style, this is a Beaucastel to enjoy in its charming youth for the freshness and spicy, bright red fruits.

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Wow, this is insane from start to finish! The nose blasts you in the face with its ripe black raspberry, black cherry, smoke, herb, spice and black pepper personality. Thick, dense and intense, everything is in the right place keeping the wine in balance. Tannic, structured and meaty, the finish paints the fruit all over the place. This is far too young, but I am happy a friend brought this stunner over during the holidays. This is old vine Mourvedre at its best.

      99 points - Tasted
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  8. 2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

    1. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. This wine is a steal for the money. It showed great in a blind tasting beating numerous, more expensive wines. Rich sexy textures, layers of ripe, sweet, red and black fruit, cherries galore, griotte and herbal aromas were made even better with the long, fleshy finish. Not only is this a steal for the price, but it's drinking great today and it should be even better with a few more years of bottle age.

      92 points - Tasted
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  9. 2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Sensuous, spicy and deep, there is a good freshness to the licorice and peppery red fruits that expand on the mouth. Sweet and savory, long and rich. Drink it if you like 'em young and on the lush side. Age it if you can wait and prefer more secondary notes.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. With just 20 minutes in the decanter, the nose sprung from the glass with its aromas of kirsch liqueur, fresh market herbs, earth, plum jam and fennel. Supple in texture, with a long, rich, lush, ripe, red and black fruit filled, peppery finish, this was the perfect wine to get an early jump on our pre International Grenache day celebration.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. The nose pops with kirsch, garrigue, kirsch, pepper, black plums, blackberry and truffle. Thick, round, concentrated and potent, this delightful, complex wine ends with suave textures and a lusty, spicy kirsch finish. This reminds me of what 90 Beaucastel tasted like in its youth

      96 points - Tasted
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  10. 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Starting to open and show nicely with a nose packed with spicy black raspberry, kirsch, jammy cherries, pepper, earth and garrigue. Rich textures and a long, soft, sweet, earthy, fresh, peppy, kirsch filled sensation make up the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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  11. 2005 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Beautiful, stylish, peppery, cherry, kirsch, raspberry, earth and spice filled perfume, good concentration of flavor with a bright, fresh, red berry and peppery finish. Give it a few more years to come around.

      94 points - Tasted
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  12. 2004 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Spicy red cherries, strawberry, pepper, black raspberry and gamey notes along with fresh Provencal herb aromatics open to a medium to full bodied, bright, fresh Chateauneuf du Pape that is dominated by spicy, red berries. This is still young, with luck, time could add more richness to the wine.

      91 points - Tasted
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  13. 2003 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Deep in color, with a meaty, spicy, black cherry, boysenberry, earth, fennel and peppery nose, the wine lacks the incredible depth and richness that is normally found in its character. Perhaps, this is due to higher concentration of Grenache in the blend. In the finish, it offers a good feel of concentrated, ripe, jammy, red and black fruits. Still young, tannic and built to age, the wine needs more time to come together.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Massive, concentrated, deep layers of perfectly ripe, dense black fruit are all over the place. This huge, structured wine is intense. The mouth feel is similar to motor oil, but with acidity. This could take 20 years to come around.

      98 points - Tasted
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  15. 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Deep aromas of black cherry liqueur, lavender, barbecue spice and kirsch and flint let you know you're in for a treat. Full bodied, rich, powerful, long and concentrated, the sweet, fresh, long and pure cherry finish gets better and better as the night goes on. This will be better in a few years. But it is so good now, there is no reason to wait. Decanted about 30 minutes before tasting.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Lush, juicy, silky and round, loads of fresh black cherry, pepper, earth, spice and tapenade create the perfume. The wine is rich, long and drinking well.

      95 points - Tasted
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  16. 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

    1. Extremely concentrated, ripe fruits, honey, spice and floral tones. Amazingly dense wine. Almost over the top with stunningly ripe exotic character.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. This wine is so rich, it could be confused with motor oil! The perfume offered honeydew, figs and flowers. But it was almost too much of everything. I’m looking forward to cellaring it and tasting it again at maturity.

      92 points - Tasted
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  17. 2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Probably close to fully mature with its kirsch, earth, pepper and strawberry filled personality. Soft and refined, this is an elegant style of Beaucastel that is drinking at peak today.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Now we're talking. Sensuous, round, fleshy and fresh, the layers of sweet, ripe, cherries, strawberry jam, earth and Provencal herbs caught my attention. Plush in texture, the wine ended with spicy, red cherry liqueur. This is drinking about as good as it's going to get.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. It's interesting that different vintages of Beaucastel highlight the aromatics, others the concentration and some are all about the texture. 2000 is all about the texture. Lush, silky, opulent and rich, this ripe, supple, delicious Chateaunuef du Pape is ready to drink now.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. For tasters seeking round, supple, textured Chateauneuf du Pape, this is the wine to buy. Add fresh black cherries, earth, pepper and kirsch aromas and a ripe black raspberry, spice filled finish and enjoy the ride. There is no big hurry to drink it, as it improved in the glass. However, I would not hold it for several years either. This is drinking perfectly today.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. Barnyard, pepper, plum, black cherry and garrigue aromas pair well with the powerful levels of fruit, round textures and sweet black cherry jam filled finish. Like many 2000 Southern Rhone wines, this is drinking perfectly today.

      94 points - Tasted
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  18. 2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy. Volume, depth and a wealth of unique character knock you out. Animalistic, but with good breeding, ripe, plush fruits, polished tannins and a very long finish. It's good now and it's going to be even better with a few more years of bottle age.

      97 points - Tasted
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  19. 1999 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. This is really developed into a stunning Chateauneuf du Pape. Clearly, this is the wine of the vintage. The fruit is ripe, the texture is silky, there is weight, density and character to this spicy, peppery, earthy wine. Hommage Jacques Perrin is usually very expensive. Because this is from 1999, while not cheap, the wine sells for below its true level of quality.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. 1999 Hommage Perrin - Blackberry liqueur, minerals, blueberries, fresh herbs, pepper and smoke with a hint of coffee. This intense, full bodied, voluptuous wine is rich, thick, intense and mouth coating. Some tannin remains, but the wine is showing great today. This bottle offered a much better experience than when I tasted it last year. The wine finishes with a long black cherry sensation that combines power and finesse.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Huge, packed and stacked but perfectly balanced. Black and red fruit, earth, gunpowder and herbs scream from the glass. Layers of fruit take over your palate. The long red fruit filled finsh is a pleasure.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Tight. With much coaxing, begging and pleading the darkly colored wine offered scents of black fruit, chocolate, licorice, earth and toffee. Some green notes appear in the finish. This needs a lot of time.

      91 points - Tasted
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  20. 1999 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Pepper, Provencal herbs, barnyard, earth, licorice and black cherry notes, lead to a medium/full bodied wine that is close to fully mature. Soft in texture, and open , the wine ended with a clean, bright, spicy, cherry finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  21. 1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Insane levels of concentration with a unique personality. Packed with layers of ripe black and red fruit and spices. Still very young, almost primary.

      98 points - Tasted
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  22. 1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Kirsch, black raspberry, herbs, pepper and barnyard scents led to a mature, soft, earthy, spice filled wine that ended with a jammy, red and black fruit filled finish. While lacking the leve of concentration found in the better 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape wines, this was quite nice.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Dominated by kirsch, raspberry, floral and earthy notes, this specific bottle was not as fresh, or as concentrated as it has been in previous tastings. Tasted blind against other 1998 Chateauneuf wines, it was a nice bottle, but clearly, not showing as well as it has in the past. the wine faded quicker in the glass than I remember. Note to self, open another bottle in the near future. Now, if only I could remember all these notes to myself!

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. Popped and poured, Licorice, strawberry jam, black pepper, kirsch, Provencal herbs, earth and gravel scents fill the glass. Concentrated, soft, sweet, ripe black and white cherries with raspberry raspberry jam flavors linger in the finish. This is close to mature, but based on other great vintages of Beaucastel, there is no hurry to drink this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. With a perfume filled with cherries, earth, spice, pepper and black raspberry scents, this Chateauneuf seems close to maturity. Rich, round and elegant on the palate, the wine finishes with soft, peppery, ripe black cherries.

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. This kicked off with kirsch, cherry, garrigue, pepper, black raspberry and floral notes. Full bodied and intense, lush and richly textured, the wine finished with sweet, ripe black cherries and spice.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. This dark colored Chateauneuf du Pape looks like a young wine. Jammy black cherries, licorice, cinnamon, earth and spice aromas are all over the place. Full bodied and concentrated, this youthful wine offers a rich, flamboyant, palate feel, freshness and a long, jammy black cherry finish. This might be the finest young Beaucastel ever made.This will improve with age. I am probably being a bit stingy with the high score I gave it.

      97 points - Tasted
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    7. Deep color with tobacco, herbs, black fruit, earth and pepper on the nose. Thick, rich, dense and elegant. Needs time.

      95 points - Tasted
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  23. 1997 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Mature, soft, barnyard and strawberry notes on the nose. This is a really strong effort for the for the vintage. But this needs to be enjoyed sooner than later. Some dryness and lack of fruit are found in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  24. 1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Dark, blue/black color. Black fruit, herbs, coffee, anise, earth and caramel notes. Needs time. Huge tannins. Thick, concentrated and structured. At least 10 years are needed to open this wine.

      95 points - Tasted
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  25. 1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Tight, required extensive effort to find the aromatics. Still tannic and on the austere, or severe side of the style range. With a few hours of air, the wine softened and showed ample, spicy, red berries, but it never softened. Fans of old school, less than ripe wines will probably enjoy this a lot more than I did.

      91 points - Tasted
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  26. 1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

    1. Notes of flowers, nuts and honeyed, citrus fruits. Balanced, full bodied with a concentrated texture and taste. On the palate, tropical, citrus fruits, marzipan and spice. Good, but not great. The more white Chateauneuf I taste, the more I notice my developed preference for white Hermitage

      91 points - Tasted
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  27. 1994 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Black pepper, barnyard, wet earth, plum and cherry aromas lead to a fully mature wine that end with sweet and sour, spicy, black cherry finish. This was quite a success for the vintage.

      91 points - Tasted
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  28. 1993 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Barnyard, olive, vegatal, cherry and earthy notes, medium bodied and a spicy, black cherry and stone finish are found in this fully mature wine. I'd drink this much sooner than later.

      87 points - Tasted
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  29. 1991 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Very earthy and serving up more barnyard character than fruit, this requires immediate consumption as most of the fruit has faded.

      75 points - Tasted
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    2. Light in color with a nose of barnyard, brett and hints of earthy, red berries. This thin wine ended with sour, tart cherries.

      70 points - Tasted
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  30. 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. Explosive, pungent aromas of barnyard, black pepper, plum liqueur, black cherry jam, truffle, meat and spice. This wine is huge. But everything is in perfect balance and harmony. Concentrated and dense, this powerful wine coats your palate with essence of Chateauneuf. Still young at 20, this can easily improve for another 20-30 years. This is an amazing wine that offers a mind blowing tasting experience.

      100 points - Tasted
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  31. 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Can you say Rockstar! Wow! Packed with supple textured, ripe, sweet, spicy, fleshy red berries, plum, herb, earth and kirsch aromas, every sniff and sip got better and better. While there is no urgent need to finish your bottles, I do not think there is much to gain by holding them any longer.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. It's obvious I caught this wine in the sweet spot with all its sweet, ripe and over ripe dark red berries, cherries, kirsch, pepper, sweaty horse and garrigue aromatics. The wine is soft, elegant, concentrated and deep, ending with a least 40 seconds of black and red spicy fruits. There are times I prefer the 1989 and other days when I think the 1990 is the wine to have. Today, it's the 1990!

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. On the nose, barnyard aromatics meshed with rose, leather, black pepper, roasted strawberry, BBQ spice and grilled steak. On the palate, silky, rich, concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry and wild strawberry fill your mouth with pleasure. The finish ends with a 40 second blast of black and red fruit. Everything is in balance. This wine seems fully developed and while there is no hurry to drink it, based on this bottle I am not sure it's going to improve.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Once you got past the horse scents, (which some people didn’t) spices, earth, wild cherries, jammy black fruit and more were a pleasure to discern in this Chateauneuf du Pape! This is no shy wine and your palate knows it as it becomes coated in lush, sweet, jammy fruit. This was a good bottle of 90 Beaucastel, but I've tasted better examples

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. Expressive aromatics starting with barnyard scents meshed with rose petals, leather, black pepper, strawberry, BBQ and grilled steak. On the palate, silky, rich, concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry and wild strawberries fill your mouth. The finish ends with a 40 second blast of spicy, black and red fruits in this Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Smoky, dark red fruit, pepper and spice. Deep, full bodied, round and ripe. Finishes with soft textures, and a myriad of red and black fruits.

      95 points - Tasted
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    7. Dark, saturated color. Aromas of black cherry liqueur, BBQ spice and herbs. Deep dark, juicy plums and soft texture complete the finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  32. 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Another lucky bottle, as this was clean and pristine. With much more ripe red fruit, spice, herbs and only a hint of barnyard, the wine was supple, silky, concentrated and long!

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. It's always a roll of the dice with 1989 Beaucastel. Some bottles are so horsey, you'd think you were in a barn or stable. Other bottles have had issues with their corks. But when you taste a clean, well-stored bottle, you're in for a treat. Fortunately, this was a clean bottle! With the perfect amount of earth, garrigue, black cherry, kirsch. strawberry jam and exotic spice and sensuous textures that ended with a long, opulent finish. While this is fully mature, if you waited another decade before popping bottle, it might be even better!

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. With all the bottle variation associated with the 89 Beaucastel, we got lucky. This was a pristine bottle and it was truly showing its stuff. This was possibly the finest bottle of 89 Beaucastel I've ever tasted! My first descriptor was "Wow!" Herbs, cherries, licorice, coffee and pepper notes exploded from the glass. Dense full bodied, with mountains of bright red and black fruit take over your palate. Initially the attack was slightly bitter, but that dissipated within a few moments. This is a big, concentrated, complex wine offering multiple layers of fruit, that still has a long future to look forward to. Great stuff!

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Barnyard, pepper, strawberry jam, kirsch, cassis and herbs made up the perfume. This fully mature bottle felt rich, creamy and round in the mouth. Abundant peppery, black cherry liqueur flavors remained in your mouth for almost 40 seconds. This wine seems more mature than other recent bottles.

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. This wine can show bottle variation, but not tonight. It was sporting a spicy nose black and red fruit nose with no signs of brett. Concentrated with lush textures, the wine ended with a blast of ripe, black pepper tinged fruit.

      96 points - Tasted
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    6. Spicy, rich and concentrated with herbs and a mélange of red and black fruits.

      94 points - Tasted
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  33. 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

    1. 1989 Beaucastel Hommage should carry a G rating. Garrigue, Griotte and Grenache shine though. In addition,the debut vintage for this wine is filled with peppery black cherry fruit, minerality and spice. Rich, and full bodied, but not over the top, this intense wine is powerful and refined. The finish ends with a long, ripe, fresh sensation on black cherries and fresh ground pepper.

      98 points - Tasted
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  34. 1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Light in color and density, the fruit seemd to be slowly fading away. The spicy red berries and kirsch tones were a treat, but I could not help feeling this wine has seen better days.

      89 points - Tasted
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  35. 1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. This wine must be immortal. It never fades away. There is so much delicious, ripe, soft, sweet fruit and complex, earthy, spicy, red berry aromas and truffle, this tasted like it was at least a decade younger. I wish I had more than one bottle remaining.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Notes of earth, truffles and jammy, black raspberries. Very silky, powerful entry. The long finish had the perfect touch of strawberry and kirsch notes. Great purity of fruit.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Great nose full of barnyard, earth and stewed red and black fruits. Beautiful, elegant texture. Very complex juice.

      94 points - Tasted
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