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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 126 
ProducerChâteau de Beaucastel (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1998 and 2009 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.8 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 102 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 7/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Rhone Tasting: Nose: dusty, earthy, mushrooms, not a ton of fruit. Silky palate, still medium tannins but goes down easy. Raspberry and black cherry, laced with earth, anise, sun-dried tomato, mushroom and earth. Beautiful stuff, still going if stored properly. (286 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 6/15/2015 & rated 87 points: Port nose; brackish and pungent; well done (that is over-cooked like) raisen and cherry; rather harsh back end. (590 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 5/5/2015 & rated 94 points: Mature balanced textured integrated; cedar and earth; elegant blackberry-cherry with some raisen; still has some tannins to melt. (825 views)
 Tasted by Replevin on 1/25/2015 flawed bottle: Seemed to be slightly corked. (1340 views)
 Tasted by KMDoyle405 on 12/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Anybody who is always concerned and nervous about drinking windows (like me), I can tell you that the 85 Beaucastel is drinking very well right now, with no signs of declining. The color was beautiful, resembling a mature red burgundy with its cloudy, red orange composition. The nose was classic Beaucastel, but the finish was silky, clean and long. Blind, I might have even said Burgundy. An excellent example of Beaucastel in my opinion (Red Burgundy lovers go and buy this wine). (1570 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 12/22/2014: Souper chez Christophe Cardonna: Malheureusement, cette bouteille issue d'un millésime précoce ne montrait plus que l'ombre du beau vin que fut le 1985. Il a encore une belle texture ronde et voluptueuse mais montre des signes d'oxydation. Dommage. (1668 views)
 Tasted by Pierre-Yves on 12/20/2014 flawed bottle: Unfortunately madeirized (1184 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 12/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Initial burst of raisen and blackberry; fades with time. (1423 views)
 Tasted by mvngtrck on 10/1/2014 & rated 94 points: From an well-stored bottle with a very high fill. Surprisingly fresh tasting with mature soft tannins and a Rhone-like finish (usual hints of cherry, etc). Silkier mouthfeel and more balanced than most vintages of Beaucastel that I've had. Only a slightly shorter finish than I'd like holds it back from a higher score (and a more intense experience). (1402 views)
 Tasted by Woodbridge Brad on 8/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Very developed but still showing good fruit and spice. All the thing that make you love CNdP. At it's aging peak I would not wait longer. (1380 views)
 Tasted by Riccardo Malocchio on 7/25/2014 & rated 93 points: A bit of a low fill, but the cork pulled clean with a satisfying pop. Translucent, slight orange tint, and some tiny flakes of sediment remained suspended after decanting. Nose and palate very clean, still fresh, nary a smidgeon of Brett. Masculine profile, but a restrained, graceful one of leather, cigar, blood, and iron. What fruit remained was pure and clean. Good energy and length with fully resolved tannins. Beautiful. Drunk at Troquet Boston. (1663 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 6/7/2014 & rated 96 points: Popped and poured, and proceeded to drink over the next two hours at a wine bar. Cork came out intact (thankfully), although fully soaked. The sommelier did a great job. Medium reddish purple, yet darker than I would have expected - was expecting a light claret. Left long legs in the glass. Barnyard on the nose like a St. Julian Ch. Talbot. Became less gamey and fuller on the nose as time went on. Calmed down considerably two hours after opening. Fruit is almost all gone and replaced by saddle leather and tobacco - very masculine. Nicely complemented the Iberico pork and grilled vegetables served alongside. Surprisingly alcoholic for such an old CNDP, and much more than I would have expected from a Beaucastel of this age. Huge mouthfeel and very long tail. I was worried they this wine would be past its prime, but it's still going strong. Overall the tannins have resolved themselves, but some yet remain, so this one may be good for quite a few more years. These Beaucastel can go this distance. (2015 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 6/6/2014 & rated 94 points: Dinner at home with Mrs L, PH, VK and Ms C (At home): Now this is one CDP I can drink a ton of. Beautiful nose of vibrant red fruit, dried spice and mineral. Medium bodied on the palate with gently melted tannins and only a faint trace of alcohol which provides just that tiny edge of sweetness in the finish. A fine and absolutely delicious example of mature CDP. (PS this came right out of the wine fridge and was served slightly cold at around 16 degrees C, but I thought for a hot summer evening this was perfect.) (2128 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/31/2014 & rated 89 points: 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. (1825 views)
 Tasted by Nicephoras on 1/12/2014 & rated 95 points: Probably in a perfect place right now. The tannins have resolved and are in great harmony with the fruit right now. Great long finish. (1878 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/10/2014 & rated 96 points: Bricked medium red violet color with light, floating sediment; mature, lifted, spice, nutmeg, chocolate hazelnut pudding nose; mature, rich and flavorful, baked berry, plum, licorice palate; medium-plus finish (764 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 1/10/2014 & rated 88 points: Platinum Tasting - Wines that go well with steak (Andre and Sabine's House, Mountain View, CA): Lightest color of the wines in this flight. Nose is nice, but appears to be too old and slightly flawed (B/B+). Soft palate (B+/B++). I've had this wine twice recently and I liked it much more then.
My #5, Group's #6 (69 pts). Tasted blind. (1822 views)
 Tasted by KingSlacker999 on 8/24/2013 & rated 94 points: Opened because the bottle was showing slight leakage. Was afraid it would be long past prime, however, it was in wonderful condition. Fully resolved, in a perfect drinking window. Bloody, irony, garrigue and nice balanced fruit and acidity. Totally enjoyable. (2382 views)
 Tasted by MatthewF on 6/1/2013 flawed bottle: Boo. Corked. (2849 views)
 Tasted by crmasson on 5/20/2013: Brown and over the hill, but pleasant. (2895 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 4/24/2013 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous Beaucastel. Generous nose with some leather, spices, licorice. Perfectly integrated tannins. Very smooth. Drinking very well right now. (2461 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 4/18/2013 & rated 96 points: This bottle was a recent release from the Chateau and in perfect condition. Great nose of spice, strawberry, meat and cedar. With all the spice, blind I would have thought this was a full Romanee St Vivant based on the nose. On the palate more meaty tones with background of bright strawberry and spice. Nice minerality and a medicinal note every now and then. Open, rich and smooth. Long detailed finish. Clearly the last bottle I had was not a good example of this wine. (2589 views)
 Tasted by cellardrinker on 11/21/2012 & rated 95 points: Nice color. Slight funk at first but opened nicely after an hour. Still some fruit flavors with resolved tannins. Nice finish. (3062 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 11/19/2012 & rated 93 points: Bright color, good fragrant nose, full on the palate, weighty. (2637 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/28/2012 & rated 96 points: Rhone-Themed Euro Lunch (Donato Enoteca, Redwood City, California): Bricked medium dark red violet color; light brett, savory, tart baked plum, light smoke nose; tasty, sweet tobacco, light brett, ginger cake palate; long finish 96+ points (1647 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Château de Beaucastel: One of Châteauneuf’s Greatest Estates
(Châteauneuf du Pape- Château de Beaucastel) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (12/27/2007)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text.   94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/10/2014)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium red violet color with light, floating sediment; mature, lifted, spice, nutmeg, chocolate hazelnut pudding nose; mature, rich and flavorful, baked berry, plum, licorice palate; medium-plus finish  96 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/28/2012)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color; light brett, savory, tart baked plum, light smoke nose; tasty, sweet tobacco, light brett, ginger cake palate; long finish 96+ points  96 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/13/2011)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking medium dark red violet color; a little stewy, roasted plum, anise, oak, garrigue nose; mature, roasted fruit, garrigue, anise palate, a rather chunky version of the '85 Beau; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/21/2010)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Slightly bricking medium red color with pale meniscus; mature, beef gravy, lamb gravy nose; mature, but solid, tart cherry, tart red fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/28/2010)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color with clear meniscus; leather, tobacco, touch of barnyard, garrigue nose; tasty, youthful, garrigue, cherry, tobacco, mineral, licorice palate; medium-plus finish (group's WOTF)  96 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/17/2006)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) A little iodine and leather on nose; very tasty, mature, with tart red fruit, leather, balsamic notes, and firm tannins still; long finish 94+ pts.  94 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, August 2001
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Only just the palest wine of the flight, with a red-mahogany hue. Despite this, again the nose is loaded with lush, leafy fruit. There are nuances of ink, game and rubber. Nevertheless the fruit is fading from the palate, which has more gamy and leathery secondary characteristics. A nicely structured wine, with a velvety texture and correct supporting acidity. The tannins have all but disappeared, just showing a little on the finish, together with a tiny flourish of sweet fruit. Quite a length.  18 points
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Château de Beaucastel

Producer website - Read more about Beaucastel
| An interesting podcast interview with Marc Perrin |
The Wine Doctor on Chateau Beaucastel |
Perrin & Fils Blog on Chateau Beaucastel

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.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


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.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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