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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 119 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau de Beaucastel (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)029419272075, 089419212075, 3488421006080, 3488421007049, 3488421009081, 633135072101

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2028 (based on 141 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 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 373 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by bullmrkt on 6/25/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 45min and served over the next 2 hours. Lovely herby, floral nose and palate, garrigue, juicy dark fruits, smooth tannins and balanced acidity. I was a bit nervous reading prior notes, but I've had this bottle under proper storage since release and it was drinking perfectly. My first bottle of six, and I'd say I had the drinking window start of 2015 about right. (2073 views)
 Tasted by drzweigelt on 6/2/2015 & rated 90 points: Very good example of a rather elegant C9dP - the nose is full of red berries and even some floral notes, the garrigue you would expect is quite subtle even. On the palate it is full and fruity, lacking some flesh actually make it to the first row - quite surprisingly it shows persistence and length and ends on red berry notes. Drink now or hold a few years. Quite expensive for the actual enjoyment, I am not sure about the development. (4692 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 5/17/2015 & rated 96 points: Opened about two hours before drinking. My second of 5 and it may be extremely difficult to have the patience to wait until this wine hits its peak. Beautiful balance with smooth tannin and big fruit, spice, smoke and licorice. Yummy stuff. (4891 views)
 Tasted by swp3 on 4/19/2015 flawed bottle: quality issues with these BPW '07 CDPs continue. is this heat damage? i'd venture that the vintage was just impossibly ripe and the wines have turned into oxidized mess, but that's not evident from the notes of others. this was pretty much undrinkable. (5808 views)
 Tasted by Tom Warden on 4/18/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted an hour and a half before we started enjoying this lovely wine. I'm not a CdP expert but I do enjoy them. I hihgly recommend a long decant...tasted at opening, the wine was pretty tight...two hours later it was sublime. Gorgeous fruit and well integrated tannins. Trouble now will be to wait four or five more years to get to my other bottles. Paired this Beaucastel with a 2008 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie...a very good wine in it's own right...but as one would expect the "original" is superior. (5334 views)
 Tasted by SkeBum on 4/17/2015 & rated 89 points: A solid effort, I still have trouble getting behind the '07s. In my opinion there seems to be a lack of depth and finish. Far from the best CdP I have had from post 2000. I'm not buying time in cellar would add that much, but you never know. (5062 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/11/2015 & rated 94 points: This wine scored second on a fabulous C9duP evening. The bouquet has beautiful fruits and garrigue as well as a beautiful dose of oak. On the palate dark berry fruits, beautiful garrigue, chocolate and currants, a firm amount of sweetness, but also beautiful acidity. Beautifully dosed oak and soft and round tannin with still a good bite. A very beautiful wine and the oak needs a few more years to integrate perfectly. This is a great and well balanced wine. The only negative remark I can make is that there is a bit heat in the finish. Unfortunately no bottles of this in my cellar, but if I had any I would wait until 2019 or a bit longer. 93 – 94+ (7016 views)
 Tasted by Rickets on 2/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Not able to add a formal note. Drank outside on a February evening while watching the sunset over a newly acquired oceanfront property in the Pacific Northwest. Not quite the way this infant wine should be treated but what the heck - it's a special bottle for my wife and I, and it was a good way to celebrate. Decanted for 6 hours. It's still young but coming along quite nicely. I'll hold my remaining 5 bottles for at least 5 years before checking in on it again. (6010 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 2/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Very fresh nose of strawberries and floral notes. This was drinking nicely now, but still quite young. Good acidity on the palate, with medicinal red fruits, herbs, black tea and shows a spicy finish. Finish is longer than most other cndps tonight, I would hold for another 10+ years. Very nice. (5804 views)
 Tasted by ekenneth on 2/8/2015: Lovely. Still a baby at 7 yrs, but very good. Blackerrys and licorish on the palate, smooth and viscous with a hint of beef broth. Clean with not much funk but that will come as the elements become more integrated. I think this wine's prime is still 5-10 years away and it should last much longer than that. This has been open 2 hours at this point.

At about 3.5 hours, the fruit (still present) starts to give way to leather, garrigue, cola and turkish spice. It's starting to taste like Beaucastel Chateauneuf. Still clean but starting to develop the mix of old vine grenache nugat and beefy mourvedre. (6001 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 2/6/2015: A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): Ripe, roasted plums, white pepper and tar. Wow! Incredible structure. Very ripe nose moves to a surprisingly classic palate. (6735 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 2/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Similaire à ma note précédente, très belle bouteille!
Beau nez parfumé sur les mures, la terre avec une pointe d'herbes.
En bouche, c'est intense et riche, avec une belle texture soyeuse. Des cerises noires, des prunes, du chocolat et un peu de poivre.
Très longue finale sur des relents de terre. Excellent. (5145 views)
 Tasted by Wine Fool on 1/28/2015 & rated 95 points: I do not think that this has budged a bit since I lasted tasted it over a year ago: a beautiful young wine that is unfolding glacially. Though quite delicious with airing, its deep flavors, long length and tight structure promise even more pleasure in the future. Another three to five years? (5038 views)
 Tasted by Life At Your Leisure on 1/17/2015 & rated 95 points: Dark garnet color turning crimson at the rim with a reflective edge. The nose is perfumed with notes of dark berries, crushed currants, and earth with a hightened alchoholic thrust. The palate is rich, unctuously intense, concentrated, layered - wrapped in a silky texture. Flavors of dark cherry, kirsch, plums, licorice, black tea, hoisin sauce, dark chocolate, espresso and spice. Finishes long and juicy with hints of chocolate cake and earth. Best Beaucastel I've tasted so far. Drink now with 1-hr decanting or 2017 until 2032. 95+ (5255 views)
 Tasted by winelegends.net on 1/4/2015 & rated 94 points: 94+
Dunkles Rot.
Man kann eigentlich die hohen sowie auch die tieferen Notizen nachvollziehen.
Ueber 2 Tage ist der Wein sehr wandelbar.
Im positiven;Sehr dunkelfruchtig,Schwarzkirschig,erdig,würzig,Lakritze zwischendurch leicht floral,leicht caramelisierte Noten,tief,ausladend sehr schönen Schmelz,immer wieder pfeffrig,leicht prägend.
Seidige Textur,leicht ins süssliche gehende Erdbeerfrucht,zwischendurch auch leicht alkoholischer,absolut passender Säure und mit einer guten Balance.
Langer leicht süsslich-dunkelfruchtiger Abgang.
Sehr viel tiefgehende Substanz und ein Versprechen für die Zukunft.
Leicht negativer;Manchmal(über die 2 Tage) dominiert von kräuterigen Aromen(Rosmarin),Frucht doch untergetaucht,leicht teerig,Soja,Alkohol besser spürbar und irgendwie karger.
Ich persönlich habe aber keine Zweifel daran,das es,mit weiterer Flaschenreife, daraus einen wirklich fruchtigen,spannenden,komplexen, hervorragenden Beaucastelvertreter gibt. (5263 views)
 Tasted by Bsfoakdale on 12/27/2014 & rated 95 points: I'll admit I'm biased; love this CDP. Decanted for two hours, and it continued to mellow as we drank it. Clearly the group favorite of the night. Dark fruit, earth, some mellow spice notes, and a great finish - just a luscious wine for a great meal (good think I have more!). (4803 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 12/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Very Nice now but need to wait on my remaining 4 bottles. I did not take detailed notes as we had this with Christmas dinner. Everyone enjoyed this with grilled beef Tenderloin King Crab. (4532 views)
 Tasted by MotoMannequin on 12/26/2014: Decanted to a medium ruby color and a nose of intense raspberries. Palate is smooth and ripe, raspberries and strawberries, a little too smooth not much complexity here. Had this same wine a few months ago and found it much more impressive. After an hour of air it starts putting on some additional spice on the finish. Just and ok showing for this wine. (4807 views)
 Tasted by Pfleonard on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Well... I've done verticals of Chateauneuf-du-Pape stretching back into the 1970's. Perhaps infanticide but this was very good, but not great. Opened the 2006 at the same Christmas meal, same result. Lovely but both blown out of the water by the St. Henri Shiraz from night before. (4520 views)
 Tasted by bubbachumps on 12/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Deep and rich, with notes of dark fruits, licorice and earth. In the mouth, seamless and well balanced. Decanted 1 hour before consuming. Delicious! (3898 views)
 Tasted by mark_m_owen on 12/24/2014 & rated 93 points: With Shepherd's Pie on Xmas Eve. Decanted for most of the day

Still a baby but the potential is evident. It's drinking very well with a lot of fruit in evidence and brooding, but restrained depth. Medium bodied. Very fresh in the mouth. The rest stay in the case for a couple of years. (4644 views)
 Tasted by Bob in NC on 12/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted 2+ hours. Drank alongside an '07 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel. This wine much more balanced and elegant with great fruit, earthy tones and a finish that makes you want to drink more. Still youthful with many great drinking years ahead. (4125 views)
 Tasted by JuliannaDHS on 12/19/2014 & rated 92 points: How I like this! It smells like Christmas with spices, stewed plums, and figs. I taste savory herbs, tart plum, figs, and cedar. (4207 views)
 Tasted by BABLUES on 12/6/2014 & rated 97 points: Didn't take detailed notes. Part of Christmas dinner party cellar rade. Not a wine I wanted to open as this has so many years ahead of it, but could not deny the request so we popped and poured this. Stunning is the best way to describe it (4767 views)
 Tasted by fatfishzsy on 11/28/2014 & rated 91 points: (帕克96分,WS96分,RVF18.5分)。2007年是足以展现Beaucastel完美混酿风格的年份,靓丽而新鲜的黑水果香气,泥土、黑莓、黑松露、甘草,略重的单宁却以一种美妙的风格眼绽开,真是一瓶风姿卓越,却又如小鲜肉般的美酒。 (5009 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
(Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.
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
(Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.
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

Rhone7511
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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

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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