Red

2003 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 220

  • beatles Likes this wine: (92 points)

    September 11, 2016 - Quite fresh, young, intense, mineral notes, no signs of 2003-heat whatsoever; this has a firm core of fruit and it is far from developed in full, I shall have to stayu away now - it is lovely, but there is so much more to come.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rmalloy Likes this wine: (91 points)

    September 1, 2016 - Nose of dark Chinese sauces, barleywine, and lavender. I'd be lying if I said I perceived fruit here. There is no hurry to drink this wine, though I think the flavors will become increasingly dark and intense with age.

    CdP is a hell of a wine.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jsmorris707 Likes this wine: (94 points)

    August 23, 2016 - Similar to prior note

  • FrancoisC Likes this wine: (92 points)

    August 21, 2016 - Meilleur le lendemain.

  • propapapa wrote: (89 points)

    July 29, 2016 - Holy smokes that nose is strong. Super dense wet earth dank strong nose. Palate is also crazy strong. Dense dark prune flavor. I mean, this is overpowering. Definitely needs food.
    With steak much better.

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The Rhone Report

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Bonus Reviews, 2/28/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    December 2008 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/23/2008 (link)

    (Ch de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124 (link)

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Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    3/21/2009 (link)

    (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.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007 (link) (17-18?) points

    (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.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/17/2006 (link) 93 points

    (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.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/16/2006 (link) 92 points

    (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château de Beaucastel
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Codes 089419212013, 089419212037, 633135032105, 633135034109, 633135052103

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 83 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,386 (73%)
  • Consumed 1,536 (26%)

Food Pairing

Cheese

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