1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note


1998 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

All the world's great wines share one commonality, it takes no time to recognize it's a rockstar. One sniff and sip of this stunner, and I knew this was an insane bottle. With its incredible depth of flavor, concentration, and complexity, the spicy, mouthcoating fruit, with its meaty personality made you take a second sip and sniff. Rich, palate-staining and yet light on its feet, the wine holds on your palate for over 60 seconds as it builds in intensity. With 60 minutes of air, the bottle kept getting better for the next few hours. It might have gone on longer, but we finished the bottle by that point. This is better than the 1989 or 1990, and it sells for a lot less money. 100 Points.

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Stunning in every sense of the word, this has everything you need in a great wine. There is depth, complexity, incredible levels of concentration, ripe fruit galore and a finish that doesn't quit. Powerful, spicy and attention-seeking, give this some air or a few more years and drink over the next 2-3 decades! 100 Points.

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Alternating between wild, animalistic and regal, this is one of the great wine tasting experiences of my life. Fresh, lively and spicy, the fruit coats your palate with the essence of blackberry and kirsch liqueur. Intense, but perfectly in balance, the wine feels like, thick velvet, with a wild edge, giving you a blend of elegance and sauvage sensations. This is a true legend of Chateaunaeuf du Pape. 100 Points.

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This is a monster of a wine in all the right ways. Powerful, full bodied, dense and intense, the spicy, barbecue, garrigue, peppery, dark, red fruit filled nose really gets your attention. With mouth filling levels of extract and raw power, the wine coats your gums, palate and teeth with the essence of Mourvedre and Grenache. Another 5 to 10 years will add even more this immortal wine. 100 Points.

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Honestly, I cannot begin to tell you how good this wine is. Stunning, spell binding, off the charts, etc, all those phrases add up to the same thing, right? I'm not much for out long decanting, but 3-4 hours helped bring out the aromatics as well as allow the wine to flesh and fill out, which is where it really shines. Thick, rich, intense, fresh, full bodied, powerful, elegant and balanced, the texture is pure, mouth coating velvet. This is one of the greatest bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape ever produced! 100 Points.

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Insane levels of concentration with a unique personality. Packed with layers of ripe black and red fruit and spices. Still very young, almost primary. 100 Points.

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beaucastel Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Beaucastel, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Beaucastel is a much better wine with age. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Beaucastel is better with 6-10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 10-35 years after the vintage.

Serving Beaucastel with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Beaucastel is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Beaucastel Rouge is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed, grilled dishes, sausage, tomatoes and cassoulet. Beaucastel Rouge is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The white wine of Beaucastel is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine and cheese.

Other wines from the Perrin family.

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.

In 2013, the Perrin family entered into a partnership with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to produce Miraval, an organic Rose' wine from their Provencal estate. Miraval also produces 2 white wines, a blend of of Grenache Blanc and Rolle, as well as a wine from 100% Rolle. Needless to say, Miraval is now the world's most popular Rose and wine from the Cotes de Provence.

In 2015, Miraval became the first rose' as well as the first wine in the entire Provence appellation to add anti counterfeiting measures to their bottle. To prevent the type of forgeries that anything to do with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attract, Miraval comes in a unique curve shaped bottle. The bottle is also etched with the word Miraval at the bottom of the bottle.

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.