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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 389 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau de Beaucastel (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)029419272075, 089419212044, 089419212075, 3488421006080, 3488421007049, 3488421007087, 3488421009081, 633135052103, 633135072101

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2028 (based on 152 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 93.3 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 418 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by AJPHopson on 2/6/2016 & rated 93 points: What a pleasure to drink! Three hours in the decanter ahead of dinner, served after an older Hermitage that it blew away. It's developed quite a bit since I last tried a bottle about 2.5 years ago. Still plenty of power left, the palate had plenty of juicy dark fruits and a lengthy finish. Nicely balanced. (764 views)
 Tasted by mmmthatsnice on 2/3/2016: Don't know about a rating but this was a lovely bottle. No suggestion of heat. (1982 views)
 Tasted by ubercuvee on 1/24/2016: Another "a point" half bottle, suggesting this is going to be lovely vintage to enjoy from 750ml bottles over the coming decade. (2594 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 1/14/2016 & rated 92 points: By far the best balanced CdP for the vintage. (3742 views)
 Tasted by Genghis88 on 12/31/2015 & rated 93 points: Dark, deep, purple. Full bodied. High alcohol.
Lots of dark red cherries, wet wool, dusty old furniture, slate, off the nose
Very dry, mild tannin. Medium(+) finish. Taste followed the nose.

This was sublime. Perfectly balanced. Classic CNP at its best. One should go out and buy as much as this as they can possibly get as it should still improve in the coming years. I have a feeling its just getting started. Was nice having this as my last bottle of the year. Five more wondrous bottles to go. (4052 views)
 Tasted by vinodolphin on 12/25/2015 & rated 94 points: Treated ourselves to this for Christmas Dinner. Allowed to sit open for 6 hours. It was delicious. Long sit settled out the tannins leaving a smooth mellow elixir of dark fruit and chocolate with maybe a hint of tobacco. Finish was very long. Many years left for this one. Yum! (4301 views)
 Tasted by hoservin on 12/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Aerated with a Vinturi and decanted for two hours. Aromas and flavors of cherry, wild berries, anise, coffee, smoked meat, forest floor and dried herbs. Leads to a very long, soft, dry finish. Full bodied. Complex with a rich texture. Paired well with a Swedish smorgasbord. (3369 views)
 Tasted by Shoebox on 12/23/2015 & rated 94 points: Serious nose of leather and complex black fruit. Dark purple in colour. Mouth filling, smooth and unctuous with blueberries and typical liquorice, eucalyptus and herbs.
Very long. Soft tannins. Will last 20 yrs or more. (4088 views)
 Tasted by Tony T on 12/13/2015 & rated 93 points: This is a very nice, elegant and balanced wine. Nice fruit and integrated tannins. Drinks very well right now. (4662 views)
 Tasted by mukden on 12/9/2015 & rated 91 points: YES-sortof. Still youngish, but did not resolve my love-hate relationship with Bcastel. It is a very hard wine to find the right drink-time for; usually under-8-years is usually too soon, but sometimes 10+ can be tired. It is often very hard to get it with some secondary development; often mute. This one was a bit mute; clearly a big burly red (not rustic; classy burly) but a bit port-like (not a positive attribute in a red). You could tell it was good, but no real development. So, in the end, a bit disappointing. But, still a very good wine. (4906 views)
 Tasted by Vancouver on 12/5/2015 & rated 95 points: Medium ruby appearance. Darker in appearance than most Chateauneuf du Pape from this vintage.

Evolving nose of ripe and candied black fruits, violets, roast meats and traditional herbs.

Full bodied palate with medium acidity at best and medium tannin. Lots of black fruit, spice and some Vanilla on the palate. Also some meaty flavours- maybe from the Mouvedre?

The finish is long.

This tasting was poured from Coravin from unopened bottle with no decanting, and is definitely ready to drink. Will likely keep for another dozen years, but as with most CDP, why wait? (4297 views)
 Tasted by citizen1 on 11/26/2015 & rated 84 points: Not impressed. Decanted 1 hour. Plum but otherwise flat. Will sit on rest. (4065 views)
 Tasted by El Tej on 11/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 2 hours, enjoyed over the next 3. Moss, eucalyptus and pepper on the nose, with a palate dominated by fig and plum. Really nice overall, just need patience at this point to let it evolve a bit. (4582 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 11/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Although delicious and a 93 rating, this is not Beaucastel's best. It was fruit forward, with dried fruits, fresh berries, spices, a bit of earth and minerals. What was missing for me was absolute balance. It seemed that the fruit was a bit more powerful than the tannins, which were obvious but just slightly behind the fruit, leaving the wine overall slightly out of balance. Very good finish. Overall, I won't turn this wine down! And at the right price, get a case! (4587 views)
 Tasted by Jeffrey Silver on 11/22/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 2.5hrs. Lovely nose
It smells like prune, nutmeg and espresso. It tastes like blackberry, strawberry jam and green beans. The body is medium/full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes long and has low acidity. This wine has long life ahead. i suggest it will benifit from another 10yrs of storage (3985 views)
 Tasted by odds on 11/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Very happy I reached this wine on my 'to taste' list. Its even exceeding the positive reviews on CT (from 300 unique users at the time this review was written) . Very enjoyable, perfect on the nose, and develop the secondary spicy notes within about an hour in the decanter. I agree with the notes re: dark plums, blackberry and spices. Especially on day II, it is speaks better to the herbs, floral and they reflect both nose and palate. Long, nice finish (still feel the taste in the mouth five minutes or so after I finished the glass)
Color wise, darker than other CdP, and probably to date the best Châteauneuf-du-Pape we had this year. Great with the meat for dinner (mostly lamb). Decant for few hours, and enjoy for few (in cold weather, even overnight).

94+ or 95? Yes, certainly a 94-95 material. I wrote 94 simply because I do not consider my experience with CdP sufficient. But, it is certainly a memorable Rhone wine, with years ahead. Very happy I have another one.

Edited (12-26-2015): As I summarize the notes for this year, I think I did not do justice to this one and it is truly a 95 material. That said, I will keep the score at my initial note (just to avoid grade 'inflation'). Certainly part of my 'case of the year' (3926 views)
 Tasted by segolas on 11/20/2015: Röda bär vilket är trevligt, örter vilket är trevligt men en påtaglig alkohol vilket inte är alls trevligt.
Trist (3782 views)
 Tasted by Pebben on 11/8/2015 & rated 92 points: From memory: Decanted for two hours before tasting (magnum). Classic CdP nose with hints of dark plums, dried fruit, hung meat, garrigue, exotic spices and vanilla. Sleek, elegant and well balanced. Obviously a very nice wine, but at this level expectations are high. Hard to point out exactly what’s “wrong”, but there’s a certain lack of vibrancy here that makes it difficult to justify a higher score. It seems to have reached its plateau even in large format, and should drink well for another five to eight years. Hope my last bottle has that little extra magic that's needed to really make it stand out from the crowd. (4376 views)
 Tasted by Kavine on 11/6/2015 & rated 95 points: Very nice w Asian dinner. Decanted one hour....very smooth and soft. Fruits all the way! (4165 views)
 Tasted by jkvedar on 9/27/2015 & rated 92 points: Terrific. I decanted for 45 min and had none of the predominant alcohol others mentioned. Spice, vanilla and blackberry on the nose. Tannins there but not overpowering. Good overall balance. Dark fruit on the nose. Pleasant finish. (6359 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 9/20/2015: Half-bottle cellared since release, this is my first try with the 2007 Beaucastel since release. Perfect cork and fill. Dark red to rim. Dark fruits, meaty/savory notes on the nose. Full-bodied, very ripe sweet fruit and a bit alcoholic, not very Beaucastel-y and not making me want a second glass. Stoppered and put in the fridge. Better the next day with some more earthy notes on the nose and palate but still almost raisiny ripe. Very good but not great. Not sure where this will end up but I'll try another in a year or two. (6257 views)
 Tasted by Tartiflette on 9/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Really an excellent wine. Lots of fruit and spices (pepper in particular). Little too warm and too much alcohol to really show me it's terroir. Medium tannin. It needs to be served quite cooled unless you prefer the overripe fruit. (6205 views)
 Tasted by ubercuvee on 9/12/2015: another 375ml that's right in the slot. This one showed more vitnage ripeness and less of the beautiful powered cacao restraint of last week's snap. (5757 views)
 Tasted by jcasey555 on 9/6/2015 & rated 91 points: needed time to blow off a strong alcohol component but opened nicely after an hour or so (6051 views)
 Tasted by Sundbyberg on 8/25/2015 & rated 95 points: This makes me very puzzled. Had the 2006 some years ago and thought it had almost burgundian charachter, while this is more like a good portwine dominated by raisins and with some heat in the ending. Two very different, but also very good, wines.
From a small bottle.
Seems open to me. (6385 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/5/2010)
(Ch de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5 (8/31/2010)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text.   96+ points
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Back to France, Issue #3 (2/1/2010)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Login and sign up and see review text.   96 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/16/2009)
(Ch de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/10/2008)
(Ch de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/19/2011)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark red violet color; chocolate, ginger cake, black fruit, fig nose; big, ginger cake, chocolate, cocoa powder, fig palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/15/2009)
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 1st bottle - dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; somewhat stewed, ripe berry, plum nose with a green note; tight, ripe berry, mineral, garrigue, spicy, not fully integrated; medium-plus finish 91 pts.

2nd bottle - dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; tart plum, baked plum, mineral, black fruit nose; berry, oak spice, plum, black fruit palate, more integrated than first (which may have been suffering from bottle shock?); medium-plus finish 93 pts.  93 points
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (11/11/2008)
(BEAUCASTEL rouge) 2007 Beaucastel

Dear Friends,

Of what I've tasted from the Rhone in 2007, the potential for this wine is about as high as any vintage since 1978 - it's longevity may eclipse the 1990 and the 1989 and the world-wide demand for it is so much stronger than it was at the release of either of those years. That adds up to a scarce commodity and the 2007 is going to be highly sought after.

Back in 1990, you didn't have the Chinese, tax-free Hong Kong and Russian markets (not to mention areas of South America) and (in addition) a much broader awareness of this wine in the US with a new CdP hungry class that has turned to the Rhone after tiring of and casting aside Shiraz, Napa Cabernet and even expensive Bordeaux - it all adds up to a market that is going to be squeezed beyond belief (Parker's 2007 vintage comments have not helped - I will refrain from re-printing them as I'm sure you've read them ad-nauseum by many merchants attempting to peddle 2007 wine - the reviews speak for themselves). Simple supply/demand economics dictates that this wine should increase in value and, from a collectable nature, it's a fairly strong bet (it wouldn't shock me if were talking about the 2007 Beaucastel at this time next year as a contender for many 2009 #1 spots). With that in mind...

I will make this clear - my guess is that you will certainly find this cheaper elsewhere (but act quickly when you see it). I would expect prices in the $65-69 range from other reputable merchants - try Daniel Posner at Grapes, Basins, Binny's, Wine Library, Sam's or Premier Cru (although grey marketers are going to have a pickle this year as Vineyard Brands has clamped down on the grey marketing of this wine by a strong margin over the 2005 and 2006 - there will be very little in the grey market pipeline). You can also try direct importing the wine out of the UK at the $50-55 level but I know allocations in the UK are so tight on the rouge (you will find dozens of listings for the 2007 blanc) that few (if any) merchants are even willing to list the wine.

While I cannot offer you the lowest price, I can offer you guaranteed provenance - the best available. If your intention is to cellar the wine, that should be worth something. The reviews of this wine have (so far) been stellar - you can check the various sources.

THIS PARCEL IS NOT VIA THE GREY MARKET - it is a pristine lot as direct from the source as possible

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a painfully concentrated, organic expression of one of the great vintages of our generation:

2007 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape (rouge)

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste
Seattle, WA

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Château de Beaucastel

Producer website - Read more about Beaucastel
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Perrin & Fils Blog on Chateau Beaucastel

2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

__Vineyards__
The result of all the efforts and innovations of three generations of the Perrin family is evident when one has the pleasure of tasting a good vintage of Château de Beaucastel at its peak. If one word could describe the red wines of Beaucastel it would be "pure": because these wines are the natural expression of the place and the grapes from which they come.

In this case the vineyard is a patchwork of the 13 permitted grape varieties It covers 70 hectares/140 acres in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, between Orange and Avignon. The soil is the same porous, aerated blanket of Alpine diluvium (with rounded stones) over a base of Miocene marine limestone that exists elsewhere on the estate. The vines are on average 50 years old and yields are never more than 30 hectolitres per hectare and often much less. This is a vibrant and healthy vineyard due to years of organic cultivation.



__The Grapes and Blend__
The red wine of Beaucastel, as is the Coudoulet de Beaucastel, is structured, intense yet lean, partially thanks to the large percentage of Mourvedre - about 30% - in the final blend. Its austere tannic backbone and resistance to oxidation help Beaucastel age gracefully. Grenache (30%) contributes a warming sensation of ripe fruit and a velvety feeling in the mouth. Syrah at 10%, and Muscardin and Vaccarese with around 5% each, add colour and spicy aromas while increasing the wines ageing potential. 5% of Cinsault is added for softness and its special bouquet. The remainder is made up of small quantities of the seven other varieties allowed in Châteauneuf du Pape (Vaccarèse, Terret noir, Muscardin, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc and Roussanne). They add that extra note of graceful complexity which make Château de Beaucastel such an extraordinary wine. Once the flash heating method, as described on the first page of the brochure, has been accomplished, Beaucastel Rouge follows a more or less classic vinification. Most of the varieties are fermented separately until the malo-lactic fermentation is completed, at which point they are blended after comprehensive tastings.

The young wine then matures in large oak barrels of 40 hl /1000 gal. for about 12 months. Fining is carried out with egg whites, and then the wine is bottled and left to age one more year in Beaucastel’s cellars before release.
The Grenache and the Cinsault give the wine its colour, intensity and softness. The Mourvèdre, Syrah, Muscardin and Vaccarèse give the wine its renowned ageing potential and dark, classic character. The Counoise, Picpoul and other varieties provide freshness, fragrance and aromatic quality.

__Vinification__
Hand picking, then sorting of grapes upon arrival at the cellar. The skins of the grapes are heated briefly to 80 °C / 176 °F and then cooled to 20 °C /6O °F before the bunches drop into enamel tiled vats for twelve days' maceration. The free-run juice is then drained off and the must in the vat pressed in a pneumatic wine-press.


__Tasting notes__
Colour: very dark red.
Nose: red fruits, leather, truffles, musk.
Palate: spices, pepper, liquorice.

__To serve__
Serve at 15 °C / 59 °F in fine glasses.

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.

France

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

Rhône

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.

RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
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

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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