Last noted 5/14 and the wine has barely budged since then.
Color: still medium-deep ruby -> light ruby rim. Red-fruited bouquet showing off pulped strawberries, cranberries, licorice and a hint of provencal herbs. Palate still very Grenache-dominated with red fruits dominating. Interestingly, not getting much in the way of garrigue/barnyard -- I would have thought 7 years would be enough to see something. Big for a CdR though: full-bodied midpalate, really luscious but I think the finish is only medium-long now (vs. very long 2 years ago). I'll stay by my assessment from last note that this is more akin to a California Grenache than a CdR.
This is drinking very well right now. This is my third bottle and it keeps getting better (tasted in 2013 and 2014). Nose is floral and vanilla, very bright. The palate is darker with cherry and raspberry, but also some mineral and savory spice. Finish is short to medium and there is a fall off at the end that makes me a little concerned about holding these too long, but right now it is a very complex, bright wine that punches way above its price point.
A puzzling wine. First glass w dinner (roasted chic) was delicious. Full of smooth black fruit and just a little acid. Perhaps a little to big for chicken but that wasn't the wine's fault! Second glass that carried over beyond dinner took on that almost tart or sour sense that Chardonnay can have when you have had too many. First thought was "guess it is a food wine, not to be had alone." But 2nd night a glass as an aperitif was lovely! Light in the nose but blackberry, blueberry and a touch of herbs (sage?) in the glass. Puzzling...
Cinsault 20%, Grenache 30, Mourvèdre 30 and Syrah 20. Benchmark South Rhone pedigree. Luscious - sweet, juicy, rich, perfectly spiced and salted, pure pleasure. Great balance. If it holds the structure, it can age. Otherwise at a great spot right now.
Great freshness in this wine. Light bodied and red fruited with bramble and spice. Tannins fully resolved but this will age on its acidity. Enjoyable but a bit simple. Time to drink these up as I'm not sure they'll improve but they aren't in danger of falling off either.
This wine has really been filling out and has improved since my last note. Now is better to double decant for 60-90mins, needed to integrate the alcohol and acidity, and it will then improve further in the glass - becoming much darker, richer and complex (think sweet licorice and spices). I love the 2009 vintage, and this is cracking value for what it is becoming. Will probably improve to 2018 and drink to 2023.
A nice wine, but I've had better vintages. This one seemed to be a little heavy on its feet when I was expecting more of a Burgundian feel to the wine. Cotes du Rhone are not supposed to be so heavy & thick. For an excellent expression of this wine, try the 2011 vintage. It blows the 2009 out of the water.
Oh man, so good. Opened about 3-4 days ago, recorked and kept at cellar temperature, grabbing a glass or so every day. Nose is spicy, with tart red fruit and leather/soil aromas. The palate shows great rusticity, full bodied wine, still fairly tense tannins that are loosening their grip over time, allowing the sour cherry fruit and kirsch flavors to show through. There is anise and underlying garrigue spiciness. The structure of the wine is built for food, with med acidity and nice complexity from the myriad of flavors. Delicious now, but this one will keep going through 2020 or so.
Big fruit jam on the nose makes me crave peanut butter. On the palate, it offers ripe blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and chalk powder. It is pleasing yet a bit simple right now. Perhaps, as the fruit retreats over the years, it’ll develop more complexity. It's just too jammy for my taste to give it 90 points.
This wine is more ripe in it's fruit presentation, but doesn't come across syrupy or confectioned. It somehow rides the fence, showing off nice med intensity, fine grained tannins and refreshing med acidity to support the riper fruit, menthol, spice box, and leathery flavors. Scored 89 on first day. Drinking well now, and on the 2nd and 3rd days open, the tannins were a bit more apparent, leading me to believe that it can last another 4 years or so. Drink through 2018 or so...but I would err sooner than later, I'm thinking. pushed up to 91 pts.
Tuesday Night $20-$40 Double Blind (Bin 75): Dark garnet, good clarity; fresh, fig, almond paste, wild berry, raspberry and cream; youthful but delicious, sweet fruit, good acid, some tannin but fairly silky texture; very good; 90+.
My last note was spot on. Double decanted this for 30mins though, and cool down. Looks medium-full bodied but tastes far lighter. A Beajolais / young CDP hybrid taste seems the best description. Great with spicy food... Spicy fajitas with boys tonight. Popping some 96 Pichon Baron after their bedtime
Disappointing tonight, as it feels like there is Grenache to the fore - certainly it feels less complex, dominated by simple blackberry, peppery fruit and a little fumey. Not sure whether a slightly poor bottle, or this is on a downward trajectory for my palate.
Party wine! This is like the beaujalais of CdP. Double decanted 15mins and cooled down, sweet, medium bodied with little depth and a short, tending to drying, finish. Very gamey and highly quaffable. The bottle didn't last long at all. Not a patch on the regular 09 Beacastel, but heaps of fun. Should last 3-5yrs, but no reason to wait.
Very enjoyable and although big, beautifully balanced and elegant. Nose of leather, black fruits, wood, casis and kirsch. Beautifully complex, yet smooth and balanced. Some drying tannins with dark berry & blackberry fruits and a long complex finish.
We broke this out for our 5th wedding anniversary trip to the FL gulf coast, having spent our honeymoon in Provence. This is a smooth, suave CdR from a great vintage that is drinking really nicely right now, but it will probably last another 3-5 years before starting to decline.
A lot of improvement over the past 6 months. Smooth cherry profile with some subtle floral notes, especially on the nose and front of the palate. Good integration, but the bright red fruit dominated the rest of the flavors. I think a couple more years will probably help.
Very pleasantly surprised at quality. Opened one hour prior. Drank over two days. Held up very well. The wine looks violet colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like cedar and stems. It tastes like mineral, cedar and stems. The body is medium. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity.
Opened an 07 and 09 Coudoulet side by side and while they were similar and both displayed flavors of red cherry, cassis, garrigue, anise, leather and perhaps some pipe tobacco, the 09 was softer overall and the red fruit was brighter. The 07 was abit darker and more rustic with more structure and body, but surprisingly, the red fruit took on cherry fruit roll up and some stewed notes. Both were excellent and both were drinking well tonight with a couple of hours of air.
Popped and poured. Wife's free bottle from Hyatt sommelier. Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of sweet ripe red fruit - raspberry, strawberry, and some leathery notes. Developed. On the palate, dry, medium- acidity, medium+ alcohol, velvety medium tannins, full body. Pronounced flavor intensity, with flavours of ripe raspberry, strawberry, redcurrant jam, licorice, peppery spice, medicinal/Provencal herbs, toasted oak, and leather. Medium- finish. Very good quality Cotes du Rhone. More rich and full-bodied than the usual CdR, and well-balanced at this age. Showing signs of age, this is not built to last, enjoy this now and over the next 2-3 years while the rich fruit is still alive. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.
Color: medium-deep ruby -> light ruby rim. Red-fruited bouquet showing off with pulped strawberries, cranberries and a hint of provencal herbs. Palate very Grenache-dominated at this point; not getting the garrigue/barnyard (on the nose either) others are noting yet. Big for a CdR though: full-bodied midpalate, really luscious and long. Right now, this is more akin to a California Grenache than a CdR; needs time to develop the wonderful nuances we're all looking for.
Big, rich delicious coudoulet. This is probably about when some of the jammy heat of this wine from a few years ago has subsided. I prefer both the '08 and the '10 because those are a little lighter which allows me to appreciate more of the herbal, dark qualities that this wine typically has.
PnP A really nice wine for the $17 I paid last year. My only blt. Probably deserves some btl age but easy to drink now too. Wish I had used a Reidel Burg glass tonight as I think it would have helped open up ther nose.
Ann served this to me blind with roasted venison tenderloins. I guessed an inexpensive Cotes du Rhone from Clos du Mont Olivet. I was surprised that it was the Coudoulet. This was a little riper and softer than I remember with dark fruits, spice, slight meat and some licorice accents. I think the vintage shows but there is decent acidity to balance the wine. Drink now or over the next couple years.
For the first time ever, I suspected faults in this reliably rich and rambling stalwart. Opened 2 hours before drinking, tasted, then decanted immediately before pouring. Excess of brett notes, with slurry pit as well as farmyard aromas, and my wife got ?acetone. Some of this may have been down to glass taint. The wine certainly opened up with food (and in large clean glasses), but not to its accustomed richness; bit flat. The food over, the last glass was noticeably tannic, so I don't think it's by any means over. And I'm not going to fall out of love as I have 2009s, 10s and 11s to enjoy!
This is in a really good place tonight. After an hour or so of double decanting this was showing rich red cherry, garrigue and white pepper. For a cdr this was displaying admiral depth and concentration. What a great qpr.
Popped and poured and drank over two days. This was shy and simple on day one but gained depth of flavor and spice on day two. Light bodied and a tad dilute - especially for southern rhone but offers good fruit and spice.
Wife loved it this time, although I thought it was a little simple at first, although it did improve over time. This paired amazingly with a sundried tomato & chicken pasta. So based on this limited experience I would say it's an excellent food wine. Fruit forward with enough body and finish to keep you around for a 2nd glass.
Popped and poured. Shows a lot of bright, ripe red berries on the nose, also plenty of spicy white pepper, garrigue, and a bit of wood. Intense on the palate, with lots of tannin and acidity. This is a good thing though, as it helps balance the ripeness. Still, I got the sense that this is still 4-6 years from peak, at least. It's overly tannic and acidic in terms of balance. A very well made wine and one with plenty of potential. Paired nicely with New York steak.
Drank it while coming off a cold, so not fair to render any strong judgments here, but it clearly came across as a bit warm, with more baked fruit flavors and alcohol and less Beaucastel character than I'd normally like. My throat was a little gamier than I thought, so reserve judgment, but my health notwithstanding, this still seemed like a more typical CdR than the usual Coudoulet.
The 2009 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel is vibrant medium bright purple in colour with a good ripe nose of fresh cranberries, fragrant dried violets, crushed crisp purple currants and underlying playful liquorice and slight rosemary. On the palate, an entry of bursting crush purple fruits - purple currants, super fresh with whole pepper seeds towards the middle and end palate which keeps the wine really fresh.
Over time, "fruit-forward" nature starts to tone down a little with more prominent ground black peppers, spice and dust begins to dominate the nose and palate. The wine also begins to gain more weight with air and time.Nice balance there with a medium finish. Velvet-like tannins, very pleasant and almost refreshing. Really easy drinking, and the best part of it all, great value.
Very similar to my note from February. Very fruit-forward, lots of plums, palate is well contained. Very smooth mouthfeel. Ripe and fruity, but not over-ripe, nor hot. Brought to dinner at the Tobiases, and this bottle was very well received and drained quickly.
Dense purple ruby to rim; roasted fruit, tart, ripe, figgy, sweet though less sweet than previous bottle, balanced, tasty, slight orange peel on the finish, hidden tannin; ageworthy; better than many CDPs- good value.
Brought to Rosso in Santa Rosa. Really drinking well now, although some tannins are still present. Pop and pour it gives off a nice bouquet of deep red cherry, a small hint of garrigue and some nice stems as well. Palate was mid-weight but also quite hefty. Goof long finish that still left some chalky tannins in the back. Can go another 3-5 years but drinking well now.
Odd bottle this time around, not quite two years after first note. This is a wine that I generally like a great deal. Still a pretty rich crimson-ruby. My note of 22 months ago predicited a long life, but this bottle was a tad soft. Little tannin structure, nose now dominated by bacon fat and pepper, but not bad just not inproving as I thought. Some plums in the background, but more of the smoky notes than before.
From the list at Bartolotta at the Wynn ($85). Aerated all (6) bottles (22 person dinner) to decanter one hour. pknut's notes are spot on. Full bodied, dark ruby, surprisingly good acidity. Whereas I was concerned this might be an EToH filled fruit bomb, it was the opposite. Highly expressive nose, well delineated palate with nice savory, garrigue-filled nuances. SO glad this was not a full-throttle, swimming in alcohol, 95 point let down. recommended
Another consistently good 2nd wine from Beaucastel. Deep red, a bit inky in color, with dark berries on an overall muted nose. No decant, and this got better with more air, to show on the entry and across the palate, a core of dark fruit, herbs and blackberry liquor. Some crunchy minerals, and medium finish. While this comes together nicely, the fruit is not as flashy as past few vintages - may still be hidden. Drink now with decant - or hold a few years?
This was good or better, but just didn't have the fruit that I look for in wines. Loads of herbaceous complexity (in a good way), but that wasn't enough to make me want to go get more. Looking forward to trying the 2010 when I can find it.
Only tasted on night two, nothing detailed, but it does seem to have come together some since the last bottle. A little riper, rounder and more concentrated than this bottling typically is, but still has plenty of energy and structure to go with the berry and black cherry liquor palate. Plenty of spice and sandalwood round this into form, with is well polished and balanced. Typically one of my favorite "CdR's" though this is usually a single vineyard just outside of CdP.
Zuli visit; 11/28/2012-12/2/2012: No formal note, enjoyed with BBQ / grilled pork products, this wine didn't disappoint, showed its rustic nature with enough black and red fruits to support the other layered flavors of black pepper, tobacco, and moist soil. Nice, enjoyable. Will improve over the next 5-7 years.
Solid Rhone red with a little fuller body and depth than most. Baby Beaucastel ... I find it stuck in the middle - not a simple, fresh CdR, and not big enough to be a full-fledged CNP. Kind of an uncertain adolescent. I'd rather pop for a real CNP or save a dime on a simple CDR. It does have a nice floral nose (lilac?) and dark berries. Spicy taste with dark berries and minerals. EDIT: Will benefit from decanting and exposure.
Nice garnet-ruby color. Open for an hour. Nose is 100% toasted marshmallow, the blackened crispy ones. Mild, somewhat empty mid palate. Tight: blackberries and bitter cherries. Interesting stoney bitter longish finish. Definite repeat purchase.
Needed about an hour in the decanter. Med bodied with dark fruit, garrigue, perhaps some licorice and tapenade and black pepper on the finish. The tannins are already, mostly integrated. This is drinking well right now and at $18 a bottle, has a good qpr.
PnP, enjoyed with friends. A clear wine, med(+) ruby in color, holding its color to the rim. On the nose, the wine is clean and in good condition, showing a youthful nose of aromas including pure and bright, crunchy red fruits and a peppery spice. On the palate, the wine is dry, with med body and med(+) alcohol, med acidity, and med(+) tannins that are a bit dry and astringent. The flavors are med(+) intensity, and include raspberry, red cherry, menthol, strawberry, and moist soil, leading into a med length, very nice finish. This is a great, slightly rustic CdR made as a second label to Beaucastel. The wine is very good quality, and is drinking very nicely now, but will benefit from aging for the next 5-7 years.
A solid wine but not as intense, concentrated or fruity as 07. Maybe just too young? Wait until 2013. Expected more depth and flavor. Cherries, strawberries and earth were abundant. An above average Cote du Rhone at this point. Just expected more from this wine since I've experienced excellent Coudoulet in the past.
drank over 2.5 hours, at this point the nose shows fresh berries such as raspberries and blackberries, the dark palate softens, showing black cherry, cola and mineral, characterized by intense spices over the finish, the spice shows even more with food, excellent with red wine braised short ribs, overall a good representation of CdR in 2009
To give a fair representation of this wine, you need to let it decant at least 30 minutes. Anyone who popped and poured this one and gave it a sub-90 rating? Ignore it. I'd say that for the QPR, this one is right on par with the Cotes du Rhone reds, so it really gets an average "good" rating. Uncorked with a cherry red stain on the cork. 1-2mm of cork bleed. Wine was decanted. Immediately I was getting a lot of earth, barnyard, an intense stable presence with a shale/flint mineral-torqued nose. Quite off putting. After 30 minutes of decanting, this wine opened up nicely, but still showed a lot of darker characteristics. Blackberry, black cherry - never really ever came to the front of the mind. This wine is a dusty, earthy plum and roasted fig combined with a flint-like minerality, finishing with a moderate amount of spice. Without food there actually wasn't much spice. Not much oak here. Medium to full bodied - this is not like most Cotes du Rhone wines I've had as it seems more dusty, earthy, darker. Drink now if you decant, but otherwise put this one away for 3-4 years before attempting. Done in 10 years.
Solid Cote Du Rhone from a top producer! Muscular yet balanced, the wine possesses the same meaty after taste that it's big brother boast every single year. Purple hues present themselves in the glass along with various peppers. This particular bottling lacks some of the fruit that can be found in prior vintages but this is still solid juice.
My first experience with this wine, and a positive one. It's very much true to it's region and indeed very much a cotes du rhone. It does though have a more enticing nose than the others I've experienced, with greater floral intensity, yet also with a lurking meatiness that emerges after the impact of the fruit lessens. On the palate there is just a little more depth and certainly more complexity, yet it's the balance it retains that I really appreciate. Young Cotes du Rhone can be a little shrill, but this one has the backing to keep the high toned grenache (I presume) fruit supported. I'm hoping this will take some age, but it's surprised me how much I appreciate it at 3 years old.
Purple in color, with weak/moderate aromas of cherry, blackberry, spice, smoke, and a touch of floral. Moderate tannins and acidity, this is ready to drink now. Slightly sweet with a moderate length and simple finish. Tasty with a touch of depth.
Drank alongside the '01 and '07, and the white '08. Still pretty tight, will definitely benefit from some time. Less fruity than the '07, lots of structure. Classic pepper, floral, and tar notes. Good wine, but didn't blow me away.
I am not sure whether this wine is worthy of 90 at this point, but I am partial to Southern Rhone and this style. Very ripe with dark fruit and fig. There almost seems to be a little residual which adds to the mouthfeel. The wine is very balanced, so I think it can age fairly well. Can't wait to open this again in 5+ years for the leather to come out and some of the sweet fruit to subside.
I usually don't think of soft, polished, pure and elegant when it comes to mourvedre, especially young ones, but thats what comes to mind with this one. A little herb, meat and leather with the cherry, black berry fruit. I'm not sure how these will age but I think they're drinking well now. I am a big fan of the Coudoulet bottling.
Really enjoyed this, especially at $18 a bottle, I will be picking up a few more. It started very nice right out of the bottle but really hit it's stride after 45 minutes in the decanter. Nice fruit and spice with a finish that lingers in the mouth for a few minutes. Will tuck one or two of these away for a few years to see what changes!
Pretty clearly from a bigger, riper vintage, but stays within itself nicely, showing meaty, dark, leathery fruit, excellent balance of moderate acidity and some medium tannins, a little streak of minerality cutting through it all. Though these can age several years at least, I think I would drink on the earlier side to avoid more sweetness building up with bottle age.
I had this after work on 4/1/12. It had a rich, ripe and appealing bouquet of cherry, blackberry, bay leaf, dried herb, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was ripe, structured, jammy and dry with flavors of cherry, blackberry, cranberry, herb, spice and minerals. 89+
I don't know if red wines might be growing on me . This is the second time I've tasted it and enjoyed it much more the second time. It was deep in colour ( almost purple) with flavours of a bit of plum and berry, and a bit of spiciness.
Bright violet. Granache jamfest nose and palate, spices, tannic, medium short finish carrying a touch of heat. This is showing better than other 2009 CDRs ive had, but still needs at least another year to melt some tannins and integrate. Im surprised to see so many mention earthiness at this age because i dont detect a hint of it. It needs 5-8 years for that quality to emerge in my experience, and then it arrives in spades.
Nose of wet earth, hay, dark cherries and violets. Med/full bodied with the cherries turning a bit brighter on the palate, while adding some blackberries to it. Med+ finish; great acidity; somewhat drying tannins. Felt a touch rough, but will smooth out with a couple of years. Not bad at all, but not fantastic. The 2005 Ridge Lytton Springs handily beat this head to head.
A very enjoyable Coudoulet, with plenty of vibrant medium dark berry, nice earthy/woodsy character, fine tannins, quite pleasant finish. Seems a bit less ripe than the 2007 version, and should be a wine to drink or hold for quite a few years.
Too soon to enjoy. My best guess is this will be an outstanding find, but not for a couple years. Start drinking 2014. The 2009 promises to be excellent throughout the Rhones. I think [any] 2009 Gigondas or Sablet will be better on your palette. (Also, the 2005 & 2007 vintages of this label seems to be a better all around value and more 'drinkable' now.)
A wonderful example of a youthful southern Rhone. While the Grenache seem to be the dominate varietal on the palate at this stage, the other GSM grapes are clearly in the mix. Projecting this wine will be at my peak in 2 to 3 years, assuming the remaining 11 bottles last that long.
Beaucoup de fruits, plutôt léger mais avec une belle rondeur. Drôle a dire mais je dirais un vin de fille. A boire avec un repas pas trop lourd en viande et sauce. Peut être un lasagne aux fruits de mer.
No rating, as I was in a noisy kitchen with a good deal of cooking aroma happening. The wine seemed excellent, showing a nice nose and lush, dark palate. Probably still too young, but that is the type of "refined" quality I'm apt to miss in this type of environment. At this stage, it seems like a great wine at a very good price.
Strong barnyard nose with raspberries and black cherry. Palate has a strong core of lush red fruits, fine tannin structure. Medium finish, earth, barnyard, and touch of tar. While this has great fruit, the barnyard aspect was very prominent, more so than any other bottling I've had from this producer. While I am usually tolerant of mild levels, this was a little too much animal. Seemed to dissipate over a few hours, maybe will dissipate with time in the bottle.
This has really opened up over the course of the last five hours. Initially some rather not so flashy Grenache thoughts, but the structure starts to climb with some air. Licorice, some mesquite/charcoal, dark fruit aspect and a nice acid backbone. Still, lacks the complexity and more for the mid term drinking 2011 to 2017.
This blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah and 20% Cinsault is deep-to-opaque crimson in color. Approximately one hour after splash-decanting, the nose opens to show aromas of licorice, blackberries and underbrush. Full-bodied on the palate, with tart acidity and medium sweet tannins. The alcohol (which is listed as 14%) is well-integrated and the flavors mirror the nose. The middle palate is solid and leads to a medium-length, albeit overly tart finish. This is certainly not a bad wine, but an oenophile can procure better 2009 Côtes du Rhône versions at half the price. Drink now-12/16.
Coudoulet Retrospective. Frankly, this was a disjointed wine, almost a Frankenwein that felt overmanipulated and did not show well. Very tight, I guess, but I'm not 100% sold on the 2009 vintage except for the very best Chateaeuneufs. Decent depth of fruit overshadowed by some off, almost Windexy aromas. Needs time...maybe?
Somewhat yeasty nose when opened which blew off. Bright cherry, juicy and ripe fruit and a spicy and fennel nose. Medium body with crisp acidity and harmonious tannin. Good to go. Improve after 2 hours with overall good balance. Not sure if it is worth the 30 dollars price tag though. An excellent drink overall.
Old World Versus New World, and a Birthday Celebration (Ross's Condo, New Orleans): Wow, what a nice wine for the price. Thankfully the Euro exchange rate was great when this wine was brought in by the importer, and this was a steal at $26. The nose opens up classic southern rhone quality that would give many Chateauneufs a run for their money, with spicy fruit and garrigue with a bit of fennel. the palate is full-bodied(-) and leads into a pleasant finish. It was infanticide to drink this bottle, and I feel it is better in terms of balance than even the 2007.
Similar to the '07, maybe with a little less stuffing, and it'll be better in a year or so when the blend integrates a little better and the alchocol subsides a bit. Still, it's a great bargain as a dark, powerful CDR that still manages to be herbal and multi-layered.
Strikingly pretty rich crimson red. Full of youthfull exuberance, this coudoulet promises a long and enjoyable life. Essentially a CdP for the budget conscious, and more like the 2007 than 2008, this effort is dark, more grainey (yet suple) than silky, showing dark smokey blackberries, wood grilled steaks, rich dark plums, and black licorice. Good now, probably will evolve nicely in the bottle. Improves with a bit of a decant.