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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerChâteau de Beaucastel (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCoudoulet de Beaucastel
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationCôtes du Rhône
UPC Code(s)3488423000024, 3488423002028

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 113 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Chip & Susanne on 6/10/2015 & rated 88 points: Wine has faded but still has enough character. Should be drunk now. (187 views)
 Tasted by AV2012 on 2/10/2015 & rated 87 points: Three decades of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Soft, ripe, medium accidity, medium complexity, very good for a 2003. (738 views)
 Tasted by GEDC on 11/26/2014 & rated 79 points: Nothing positive to add here, pass on this wine! (970 views)
 Tasted by Cellarunderstairs on 2/8/2014 & rated 78 points: Disappointing and this bottle past its best. Brick coloured with tinge of garnet, pale but clear and no tears formed. Pepper and raisens on the nose and palate. Dry, medium bodied and tart and no length. Acidic when swilled in mouth. Better without air! (2078 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/24/2013 & rated 88 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for 2 hours. Blackberry, spice and stone on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with a medium length, soft, dry finish. Fruit is fading, time to drink up. Paired with a Swedish Christmas buffet. (2322 views)
 Tasted by GEDC on 11/30/2013 & rated 87 points: PNP drik now, wine is over the hill. I would pass on this wine!!!! (2375 views)
 Tasted by StewartWent on 11/1/2013 & rated 87 points: Drinking ok. Soft, slight pong, obvious age on the fruit (which is fading). Some astringency to finish. (2319 views)
 Tasted by saturnaisland on 10/27/2013 & rated 92 points: This wine has held up very well; I am thinking why pay 3 times as much for the CdP when this is so good? Nice rich red fruit (with hints of black fruit) with Mediterranean spice. Smooth and mellow with good acidity. Was possibly a bit more lush when younger, but the fading of the lushness is a good thing. The Mouvedre in this adds a nice base to the wine. Overall quite excellent. (1975 views)
 Tasted by pcarmich on 8/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Beautiful nose full of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cherries, with just a touch of leather and cedar. The palate echoes the nose all rounded out with very fine tannins and a good bit of acidity. Great wine! (1398 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 5/25/2013 & rated 90 points: This wine is mature but certainly not getting old ... quite impressive from a cdr, especially from this difficult and hot vintage. Tastes very much like a mini-Beaucastel with all your the known animal-like-barnyard characteristics, and the wine is in complete harmony showing to excessive heat. The tannins are very soft indeed. Will keep, but probably not improve - just drink and enjoy. (1487 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 5/14/2013 & rated 89 points: PnP from 55F wine fridge into a 75F room - this wine either decreased its aromatics after an hour or the higher temperatures did not agree with it.
This was a very enjoyable wine, opening with aromas of berry/red raspberry, spice, and lavender - delightful, and more like a CdP than I expected in a mature CdR (and plenty of fruit left). The tannins were well integrated. However, the complexity was minimal and the finish short and simple. My wife liked this more than I.
Overall I found this a very fun CdR which I definitely enjoyed, although it didn't have much complexity.
I would recommend drinking this wine with minimal/no decant, and I can't see this wine improving at this point, although I don't see it falling off a cliff either. (1459 views)
 Tasted by StewartWent on 3/15/2013 & rated 87 points: Transforming into quite a subtle wine. Soft pongy pruney fruits and just a fraction hard to finish. Still quite pleasant but is fading. (1646 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/26/2012 & rated 91 points: Aerated with Vinturi and decanted for one hour. Blackberry, cherry, dried herb, cedar and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, black and red fruit combine with smooth tannins leading to a medium to long finish. Medium bodied with good complexity and balanced minerality. Paired well with a Swedish Smorgasborg. Drinking well. (1894 views)
 Tasted by azzah on 7/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Deep red colour. This is a full throttle red, I suppose reflecting a hot vintage. Reminded me more of a big Aussie red than a traditional CdR. Aromas of both red and dark fruits, meats and florals. Flavours I'd red berries, blackberries, red licorice, charcuterie, and spice. A hint of toasty oak, but the fruit certainly dominates. This is ready to drink now and I can only imagine it will be down hill from here. (2676 views)
 Tasted by StewartWent on 7/13/2012 & rated 88 points: Looking good for a 9 year old cdr from what I reckon can sometimes be an iffy vintage for longevity. Some blood and minerals on the nose and dried prune fruits. Flavours are similar although to be hyper critical not a heap of fruit depth. Secondary really although plenty of interest. Will look good through to 2013. (2354 views)
 Tasted by king-bing on 3/22/2012: Again excellent, especially after30 mins of air. This realy shoes litle trace of the hot vintage. It does show great red fruit, black olive, herbs etc. Really good and often great value as it's so underrated. (2979 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 2/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Aerated with Vinturi and decanted for 1 hour. Deep garnet color. Blackberry, black currant, raspberry, spice, and toasted oak. Dark fruit, minerals, and soft tannins on the mid-palate; leading to a long, mineral driven, soft finish. Full bodied with good acidity. I really enjoyed this bottle paired with chicken provençal. (2940 views)
 Tasted by pomelo on 2/2/2012 & rated 95 points: Bu lors d'une verticale 99-01-03-05-07-09
Le vin de la soirée de 7 dégustateurs sur 10. Deuxième place pour les trois autres dégustateurs.
Nez de fraises et cannelle. Un peu de cuir à l'aération. Bel équilibre.
Très longue finale.
à laisser vieillir encore deux ou trois ans pour intégrer ce qu'il reste de tannins. (2816 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/26/2011 & rated 88 points: 1.5 hour decant. Deep ruby color. Nose of cherries, plums, barnyard, cassis, black pepper, toasted oak, and wet stone. Medium-to-full bodied. Nice red fruit and soft tannins on the mid-palate. Medium length, soft, dry, finish. Paired well with a Swedish buffet. (2739 views)
 Tasted by oakland.cory on 10/29/2011 & rated 85 points: Coudoulet Retrospective: Big, bretty nose. Dense, plummy, and aged. Barnyard. Very soft structure. (3295 views)
 Tasted by FastTrack on 10/10/2011 & rated 89 points: Nose of cherry fruit, animal fur. On the palate it has lots of fat and fleshy substance at the start, before a creamy midpalate. There is ripe and furry fruit, liquorice, tar and more, cut through by firmly tannic backbone and bright although rich fruit flavour. The acidity takes a back seat here, the structure coming more from the tannic grip. (3281 views)
 Tasted by AAD on 10/8/2011 & rated 88 points: À carafer au moins 45 minutes pour faire resortir le fruit. (3365 views)
 Tasted by liondream on 9/9/2011 & rated 91 points: Quite enjoyable, better than what I expect from this vintage. Less acidic, silky like, but I have the feeling iy lack of something. (3529 views)
 Tasted by king-bing on 8/27/2011 & rated 90 points: Surprisingly good. Low in acidity, yes, but very drinkable. It's on the warm and spicy side, but it's from the southern Rhone so displays the hallmarks of a wine from the region. This bottle was very clean with no signs of funk or brett. Happily buy again, esp at the £11 I paid. Another enjoyable Coudoulet. Great stuff. (3611 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 7/11/2011 & rated 88 points: Ruby red. The same raisiny, prune nose as the last bottle but maybe a little meatier. Fresh and almost sweet on the palate. Full of brambly hedgerow fruit with a little red berry lift. Lovely, but lacking the nice savoury leatheriness of the last bottle. (3935 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (11/24/2008)
(Ch de Beaucastel, Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (2/13/2008)
(Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel) Login and sign up and see review text.   85 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2008
(Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) As might be expected in a wine from this heat-baked vintage this wine has a very dark hue, deep and brooding, although it is by no means opaque. The nose has some brawny cherry fruit, with aromas of meat, animal fur and smouldering, smoky charcoal. It certainly has appeal, and its resemblance to Châteauneuf and Beaucastel's grand vin is obvious. It has lots of fat and fleshy substance at the start, before a creamy but nicely poised midpalate. There is a lot of everything going on here, ripe and furry fruit, liquorice, tar and more, cut through by firmly tannic backbone and bright although rich fruit flavour. The acidity takes a back seat here, the structure coming more from the tannic grip, perhaps unsurprisingly. Nevertheless this is certainly good wine, with some short-term potential for the cellar, although this is drinking so well now that I don't think I would leave this as long as some vintages of Coudoulet.  17+ points
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Château de Beaucastel

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Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Producer website
__Coudoulet de Beaucastel Red__

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.


Miocene marine molasses with a layer of alpine diluvium (rounded pebbles).

__Grape varieties__

Grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 30%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 20%.


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.


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.

__Tasting notes__

Colour: bright and lively, with great depth.
Nose: red fruits.
Palate: Luscious, with hints of thyme.


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Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

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