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1998 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
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  • > Southern Rhône
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Community Tasting Notes 55

  • shalfordcellar Likes this wine: (86 points)

    September 7, 2014 - Wine still showing well, heady boozy aromas, black cherry, mallow and spice. Still fabulous colour, hint of brickiness.

  • redders Likes this wine: (89 points)

    October 24, 2013 - mature colour but clear. Nose damson and herbs and spice. Mature but not past it. Surprisingly fresh on palate. Plenty of body and vigour . Good and better than expected.

  • redders wrote: (88 points)

    April 28, 2013 - A brief decant. Mature colour, fair amount of browning. Nose high toned mineral with baked fruits and garrigue. Taste well balanced with reasonable fruit acid balance. Still drinking well with food but the last glass was a bit rusty and the acid started to poke through
    Drink up

  • DaleW wrote:

    March 11, 2013 - More advanced than other recent bottles, showing a little tea and hint of prune. Certainly very drinkable, but other were livelier. B-/C+

  • DaleW wrote:

    January 30, 2013 - Ripe fruit, earth, briary, underbrush, showing well. B+

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/24/2005 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2001, Issue #94 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2007 (link) 17 points

    (Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) The opening wine was perhaps one of the worst; on pouring it has a very mature colour, worryingly so, with a brownish tinge to the rim. The nose is all over the place, with an awful volatility and notes of oxidation the most dominant features. The palate has completely fallen apart, with a hot, disjointed finish. I opened another two bottles which were less overtly over the hill, but nevertheless were certainly not something I would choose to drink. This experience was in marked contrast with my tasting note in 2005, and with other contemporary tasting notes for these wines today. This is the result of poor storage I think; if I recall correctly I did buy two small batches of the 1998 Coudoulet, which would explain why I have had some good and some bad. The fourth bottle was fine, a complete contrast, obviously purchased at a different time. A lively hue, showing an orange-pink rim of maturity around a healthy red core, and with a nose of meaty raspberry fruit. On the palate, it is sweetly textured, rounded and complete, with a little core of tannins and grip. Just slightly bitter towards the finish, where the wine would benefit from a little more resolution of the tannins. Very complete, rather reminiscent (unsurprisingly) of the grand vin from a lesser vintage - particularly the 1994. My score refers to this final bottle.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2005 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) Still a deeply coloured core, with some maturity, but not significant. The nose is very Grenache dominated, offering plenty of sweet Cherry pie, peppered with garrigue herbs. Medium body, slightly rustic cherry fruit, still quite primary, with plenty of tannin and good acidity. It has a lovely feel and is quite approachable now but, in my cellar, this needs more time yet. Two to three years, perhaps.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2001 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) Another wine which I have tasted before. This time it gives little on the nose, just the suggestion of ripe fruit. The palate shows a good structure, supporting flavours of char grilled bell peppers and black fruit. This is full of very primary, youthful flavours. It has style, and great potential.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2001 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) Opened and decanted it an hour before drinking to help it open up. Plenty of fruit on the nose here, as well as meaty, fried beef aromas with nuances of spice, leather and tar. Medium bodied, it has ripe but slightly chalky tannins. There is fine but somewhat soft acidity, delicious for drinking alone but it makes the wine seem a little flabby when drunk with food. There are loads of chewy, savoury red fruits. A little length, when the tannins become more prominent. Despite having acidity on the low side, this wine has balance, and I feel there is plenty of potential for improvement here.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château de Beaucastel
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Coudoulet de Beaucastel
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Côtes du Rhône

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  • In Cellars 302 (54%)
  • Consumed 259 (46%)

Food Pairing

Roast loin of pork

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