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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 389 
ProducerChâteau de Beaucastel (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)089419212037, 633135032105

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2023 (based on 86 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 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 278 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Milos on 1/3/2016 & rated 92 points: Dark cherry and mineral notes; ripe tannins wrapped nicely in a dark cherry fruit. Moderate length. Overall, a very nice wine, still quite primary. (783 views)
 Tasted by Francophile1 on 1/1/2016 & rated 94 points: This wine is finally fully mature and drinking great now. It needs a good 2 hour decant, but then it is kicking on all cylinders. My palate has recently turned away from CDP, but this wine just brought me back. Black cherry, menthol, white pepper, and of course a touch of classic Beaucastel brett barnyard. Finish is smooth, but mouth puckering with juicy kirsch liqueur. This renewed my faith in Beaucastel, especially since it was from the '03 vintage, which is not my favorite. (1010 views)
 Tasted by WendyB on 12/26/2015 flawed bottle: Oxidized, off bottle. Repurposed as the red cabbage cooking wine and as a flawed wine teaching example for a 16 year old. (1010 views)
 Tasted by Iceman611 on 12/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Nice mixture of complex earthy flavors with enough fruit to make the wine tasty. Tobacco, asparagus, and rhubarb. (1503 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/5/2015 & rated 96 points: Perfect at its peak worth h wait (1436 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 11/29/2015 & rated 93 points: From magnum. At first, this felt overripe and pruney/raisiny. After some air, this transformed into a lovely Beaucastel. Tons of garrigue and a hint of spice make this a wonderful wine in a great place right now. This is nicely integrated at this point, perfectly balancing fruit and more tertiary characteristics like forest floor, leather, tobacco, and anise. Its 12 years of age are starting to show near the outer edges with some browning. There is nothing quite like an aged Beaucastel. Must buy more. (1320 views)
 Tasted by ifishtoo on 11/20/2015 & rated 90 points: Not the best but still a pleasant drink. (1275 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 11/15/2015: Drinking marvelous now! (1014 views)
 Tasted by skifree on 11/15/2015 & rated 94 points: This bottle was delicious from the first sip. Bottle had lots of fruit, some pepper, some garrigue, and a round mouth feel and long finish. Reminded me of how lovely CdP can be - once again. (1335 views)
 Tasted by SIV on 10/25/2015 flawed bottle: Dark ruby with slight brown tint and orange halo. Moderate viscosity with fine, dark, suspended sediment clouding it up a bit.

Dry cherry on the nose, slate, slight barnyard, wood, smoke.

high acid, harsh tannin, sharp on the tongue. Nothing round or easy about this. Finishes with acid and alcohol.

Not sure if I got one that wasn't treated well, not really stewy or oxidized, but, hazy with fine black sediment and some orange hues. (1437 views)
 Tasted by EhrlichDY on 10/12/2015 & rated 89 points: Similar impression to my last bottle. (1540 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 10/3/2015 & rated 92 points: I was expecting this to have some cooked fruit or raisined elements that I've found in other 2003s, pleasantly it didn't. Balanced, and lovely. Plenty of freshness and acidity. Great pairing with several Indian food dishes. The mouvedre really stood out. (1516 views)
 Tasted by McKraftyWino on 9/5/2015 & rated 95 points: tried from two different glasses
The Somm Burgundy glass presented this classic presentation of Beaucastel
barnyard nose, supple taste, delicious! (1949 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 8/30/2015 & rated 91 points: rich, quite local, only hints of the heated vintage, this is more Beaucastel than 2003 and I quite like it, acidity is bright, the fruit is solid, the wine is very much alive, the wine is balanced and has many years to go; probably better in five+ years. (1910 views)
 Tasted by Longnose Gar on 8/9/2015 & rated 91 points: It's raisin juice, but it's good raisin juice and a style I happen to like. Decadent. (1839 views)
 Tasted by paul canet on 5/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Toujours excellent, millésisme chaud en Rhone, le vin commande un belle piece viande. (3045 views)
 Tasted by MemorialWineFan on 4/10/2015 & rated 90 points: Opened around 11 am and decanted for 45 minutes. Put back in bottle and corked it up. Started consuming around 8:00pm at a CDP event. This one showed very well. The wines of the night were two 1995s and an 1989...just hard to compete with a good aged CDP. The 2003 is drinking well now. (3026 views)
 Tasted by libero on 3/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Just pop and pour. Each bottle is really unique. While others bottles have lots of sediment, this particular bottle has none. (3072 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 2/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Opened and decanted-drank about 4 hours later. Barnyard on nose, with dark fruits medium body and firm grip on opening good finish. After decanting the tannins had softened and more fruit to the body. some tar and leather notes with the dark fruit, definitely has a few more years, but not sure if it will evolve firther. Great match for the cassoulet. (3135 views)
 Tasted by ifishtoo on 2/3/2015 & rated 91 points: PnP. First of a case. Nice aroma but a bit thin on the palate with a moderate aftertaste. Some garrigue but not too much. Not up to the quality level of the 98 or 00 but still an enjoyable CdP. (3062 views)
 Tasted by sphBacchus on 12/6/2014 & rated 89 points: rather disappointing - first bottle tasted of this vintage . too thin and lacked the richness and length of other years . Must decant the next time as very heavy on sediment . (3292 views)
 Tasted by rmcnees on 11/27/2014 & rated 90 points: The wine evolved over the course of the afternoon and only after an hour or so did it start to open and reveal its native character and style. Dark brownish garnet colored, medium bodied, complex dark berry and spicy black cherry fruits were muted initially but opened up after an hour, accented by pain grillé (toast), smoke, leather, with hints of creosote and licorice on a moderate tannin lingering finish.

http://unwindwine.blogspot.com/2014/11/thanksgiving-dinner-with-varied.html (3076 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 11/19/2014: Not enought time with the wine to rate.
Nose is quite heavy and musty and for me it feels dominated by very ripe Grenache aromas. Bay leaves, ripe plums, sweet cherries, olives and slight funk. Not a lot of brett or wood. Very ripe on the palate with round tannins, heavy warm alcohol but with a good intensity and length. It's not how I expect Beaucastel to taste, but an interesting and high quality wine still.

Cinsault : 5%
Counoise : 10%
Grenache noir : 30%
Mourvèdre : 30%
Syrah : 10%
Vaccarèse, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne : 15% (3042 views)
 Tasted by beachdude8977 on 11/13/2014 & rated 89 points: just ok. Its nice upon opening, cherries, strawberries, minerals, tight, and dry... but then sort of picks up this weird honey note and becomes flabby with a short finish.. yikes.. (2837 views)
 Tasted by mouton45 on 10/9/2014 & rated 86 points: Pretty disappointing actually. I concur some some of the other CT tasting notes. This not what Beaucastel should taste like, especially from a very good vintage. The wine was drinkable, so it wasn't a bad bottle. it just wasn't that great. (3308 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (2/28/2009)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text.   92 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, December 2008
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/23/2008)
(Ch de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124
(Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (3/21/2009)
(Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape) This was a victim of this horrendously hot and dry vintage. Jammy, black and overripe fruit. Some heat showing and just tasted like liquid raisins. That's what happens when you harvest raisins, you get raisin juice. I love Beaucastel but not this year.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, June 2007
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Very dark on inspection, and a touch glossy even. Very typical of 2003 on the nose, rather than of Beaucastel, emitting the same roasted confit cherry fruit I have also found in Tuscany and Bordeaux when tasting or drinking this vintage. Notes of black pepper too, perhaps the Syrah showing through? Rich and creamy, perhaps unsurprisingly, with lots of extract, texture and substance. Rather a touch of bitter cherry here, on the edge, but still a broad, mouthfilling, ripe and rich style. Loads of structure. Grippy finish. The palate is very typical of the vintage too, then! I am unsure as to how this one will develop.  17-18? points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/17/2006)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Big ripe cherry, hint of licorice, vanilla nose; nice plush entry, sweet ripe fruit, with good sous bois; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/16/2006)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Sharp nose of pungent plum with floral notes and a hint of something savory; tasty ripe plum and cherry palate; medium tart cherry finish 92+ pts.  92 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

The southern Rhône is famous for the number of different grape varieties officially allowed there, up to 18 in its most famous appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but Grenache has always been by far the most planted, making usually up a good 80% of the blend in a typical vintage.

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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