Dried strawberry, pungent currant pepper and a honeyed edge on the finish. Lands softly on a bed of tannins. Definitely in a peak drinking window right now. Impressive effort from a wet vintage. A testament to the age-worthiness of Châteauneuf from Beaucastel.
From double magnum. Gorgeous, ethereal strawberry fruit, tree bark and light farmyard nuance. Transparent and drinking extremely well. Out of this format, the wine felt less advanced than the same wine out of a 750, five years ago. Classy, refined and an example of balance, proportion and restraint in CNdP.
This was a fantastic bottle of wine. A perfectly mature CdP that's in no danger of being over the hill in the next few years. An earthy, well-balanced wine with just a hint of barnyard (which I like). A long finish with a touch of acidity.
Dinner with the Perrin family, very gracious and generous hosts in CdP. Great experience to drink this with the vintner, opened this as our last wine of the evening.
Still has a nice core crimson/brick color. Nose a little reticent at first, but opened nicely after about 20 minutes. No brett/barnyard. Dusted dark fruits, mushroom, blueberry, black tea - classic Beaucastel nose. Palate of dried cherry, cranberry, blue fruits, meat/savory, spice and tobacco. Some smoke and herbs on back palate. Tannins soft and resolved.
This was a beautifully aged bottle; elegant and smooth. Still has many of the signature CdP flavors but is definitely in a tertiary phase...time to drink. Great stuff...
Wow, this was fun to try. And a great auction buy at $72! Still some brett on the nose and wine is on it's decline (but still drinking good). But WOW- 29 years old. Light cherry fruit, cranberry, game, dusty earth and tobacco
Drank for my dad's 65th... later in the night we drank an 07 Ridge Monte Bello.
Food: none Duration: 2 hours, from the bottle Condition: perfect fill and perfect cork Aroma: rusty, mushroom, blueberry, some cotton candy, green tea, mint, red date Notes: certainly not a very expressive wine in terms of aroma. Nevertheless this wine is rich and fulfilling, it is pretty warm. This feels like a father bringing his child to go on a merry-go-round, warm and sweet. Not the best vintage and effort from this estate, definitely not my favorite from this estate and it's probably time to drink up, as I don't think it will evolve much further.
A refined lady showed herself from this bottle. Nice and clean, no hint of brett to speak of. Still good tart fruit with some meat juice. So tasty. Showed really well, not sure there's any upside left but a fun bottle to drink...especially if I can get Adrian to enjoy a CDP.
A very nice, mature CDP that balances its fruit with some well-integrated savory characteristics; The bouquet is quite expressive, with tones of dried red fruits, spice and leather; The fruit on the palate is underscored by notes of meat and tobacco, with the tannins beginning to fade; Drink up if you have them
Dinner at The Bristol (Chicago, IL): Welp, I suppose I would have run across a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that I do like at some point or other, and I suppose today is as good a day as any. This doesn't display any animale or funk at all, but is a clean and pristine bottle, showing light red fruit very prominently. A bit of meat as well (as is to be expected, I suppose, but the funk is really dialed down here). This is a fully resolved bottle that should be enjoyed now. Lots of racy acid from the crunchy red fruit. Delicious stuff.
Ruby color, no bricking. Old world nose with hints of stone fruit, cherry, cranberry and prominent dusty earth, green vegetation, garrigue and dried herbs. Palate still showing good acid and balance. Dominated by sour cherry, iron, dust and dried earth. Still plenty of life. Best bottle to date.
Third bottle from Zachys case purchase. Good ruby color, no bricking or signs of failure in bottle. Nose initially is tight, with green fruit, cranberry, spice and intermittent Brett notes. On the palate tart and acid nuance, the wine is not flat and has benefited from bottle age. Flavors of cranberry, stone fruit, dried cherry, garrigue, old pipe, root, and green herb. Light on its feet in mouth feel yet deep with nuance and age. Can't beat aged wines of this nature. Seek and discover . . .
Good color, clear, no bricking. Nose of semi tart bing cherry, garrigue, cinnamon, red cherry, Christmas spice. Palate shows surprisingly good acid and structure with a nice softness and roundness - delicate in nature, with stringent tart cherry, followed by earth, red meat, iron, ox blood, garrigue, spice and touch if sweet tobacco and barnyard. My second bottle from an auction case purchase - again pleasantly surprised.
First bottle from a Zachys auction case. Light color, no bricking. Drank over two nights, initial nose of baking spice, clove, perfume, light must, evolving to sour fruit and soft red fruit. On the palate, soft texture but some acid lingering. Intense flavor profile of green herb, stewed meat, blood iron, cranberry and allspice . Finish is medium and wine is definitely at peak if not fading. Non the less delicious.
WES - Château de Beaucastel (LSE Holborn): Medium intense, Clear and Bright. Thinning edge. Bit of perfume, rich stewed almost dried fruits, warm spice on the nose. Rich, good acidity, long with a touch of liquorice.
A Small Saturday Night Wine Dinner: This is really what I like in old CdP. Nose smells like fairly clean aged grenache; cigar ash, crushed rocks, raspberry, with some bloody and iron notes, with a bit of a tomato plant note. Palate is still alive and very integrated with little tannin remaining but enough acid to stay fresh. Fun wine to drink, but drink up as it is fading into the sunset.
From a magnum , this was as expressive of its terroir as it could get. The barnyard garrigue notes intermixed with thyme and juicy supple ripe berry fruits. Juicy body and with class. Still youthful and probably good to drink for the next decade.
New Year's Eve 2012 Drinks (Kat and Ewen's): Very good. The last bottle I had (in Beaucastel no less) was unfortunately corked. This time round though, from a magnum, the wine was singing. It had a lovely, gently expressive nose, with a complex melange of toasted spice, earth and meat, then black cherries and berries, a curl of smoke and just touch of green herbs. Very classic Beaucastel bouquet I thought. Previous notes seem to suggest that some 750ml bottles are on the decline. However, in this format, the palate showed like a wine at its peak or thereabouts. It was developed, mature and mellow for sure, with softened tannins just losing their chew. But this was also fresh and lively, with deliciously clear flavours of black berries and cherries seasoned with complex little notes of spice, herby tobacco and a nice meatiness in the background. Not the most authoritative of Beaucastels it must be said - this was actually on the lighter side in fact - but it was a really charming, enjoyable wine.
- Ruby color and aromas of prune with a medium finish - Initial taste of mild bitter cherry. Nose of prunes and prune juice-nice! Over an hour of decant brought the wine to love but declined thereafter
Two bottles of this was opend. The wine was in serious decline although stored perfect since release. Dead wet leaves, sweet soil. Caramel and old duck fat. The second bottle was corked but otherwise xactly the same. How dissapointing! I had xpected more from Beaucastel even if it's not a good vintage.
the color was a very light brick red, the nose showed the beaucastel aroma's of farmyard, not too heavy. on the palate the wine tasted , compared to other Beaucasel vintages, light but smooth. (decanted 1 hour in advance); a nice example of a mature CNdP, not great.
S FL WS Group welcomes Board-O (Bistro Provence, Boca Raton, FL): Per Board-O, this has been a tannic wine that has taken a long time to mature and resolve. It is lean on fruit and has a tannic backbone (much like 98 Left Banks), but is complex on the nose and the palate. The fruit profile is of blackberry and raspberry, with a hint of earthiness, and a long finish that had just a touch of heat (probably due to the lean fruit). I enjoyed this a great deal, but is a wine to be enjoyed for its complexity and layers, and will not impress those looking more for fruit and power.
Fabulous wine. Ethereal aromatics, lean yet very tannic structure. Tree bark, leather , some dirt and brett. Multi-dimensional and a wine that just got better and better in the glass. This would be a very tough options wine - might have gone for a barolo or perhaps a very smelly burgundy, such was the proportions of the wine. Brilliant showing from a less than stellar vintage and a compelling example of Beaucastel's ability to age to a transparent grace. Drunk next to the far more lauded Pegau Cuvee Laurence 1989, this was universally picked as the more involving and complex wine...
Previous bottles of this 1986 vintage (not a great year) tasted very dumb, with hardly any nose (rated in the lower 80-ies). this was much better. the color was a very light brick red, the nose showed the beaucastel aroma's of farmyard, not too heavy. on the palate the wine tasted , compared to other Beaucasel vintages, light but smooth. (decanted 1 hour in advance); a nice example of a mature CNdP, not great.
Very mature on the nose. Dark cherry, wood, lots of sous-bois. Murky with a little spice. Great on the palate. Soft with sour cherry. Integrated and smooth, velvety and perfumed. Little sour on the finish. Almost burgundian. Nose - 4/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 4/6, Je Ne Sais Pas - 2/2 = 15/20.
Southern Rhone WIMPS (The Ledbury, London): Dense garnet. Very mellow nose, quite clean with a touch of savoury, meaty fruit. Good acidity, a touch of minerality. Slight hint of something metallic on the finish, but doesn't detract. ****
Trip to the Southern Rhone; 6/11/2009-6/12/2009 (Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and the Dentelles du Montmirail): I got quite excited when I saw an old bottle being pulled out from the stash during our tour of the cellar. Pity this turned out flawed. Just a hint of TCA I thought, but certainly enough to mute the wine. The nose opened with that dreaded, slightly wet cardboardy smell. We were able to pick up nice secondary smells underlying that, with meaty notes, sous bois, boiled herbs and some wet fur along with dark plum and creme de cassis fruit. The bouquet would have been quite beautiful in its day I think, with plenty of complexity apparent even now. The palate was all but dumb though. There was still fresh acid and some tannins but the rest was all but flat, with just hints of sweet red fruits in the form of little cherries and berries. Finish had plenty of freshness still, but the flavours were short and truncated, with a touch of prunes quickly overtaken by more cardboard scents. I am not sure this would have been a great wine to begin with, and the TCA certainly condemned it to forgettable mediocrity.
While the public tasting notes suggested that this one might be past its prime, the large-bottle format saved the day, allowing for a slower aging to reveal well-balanced tastes of plum and earth and a nose of slight dung as only a Ch du Pape can evince.
Fading fast and very light at this point. Pale garnet colour and faded rim. Nice evolved nose of leather, spice, some floral hints and cherry. Palate is lacking fruit but is silky and smooth. Animal notes, peppery spice. ON the decline sadly but an interesting curio. Burning alcohol finish.
finally a bottle of 1986 that gave a good impression of what a fine Beaucastel tastes like. Previous bottles of this 1986 vintage (not a great year) tasted very dumb, with hardly any nose (rated in the lower 80-ies). this was much better. the color was a very light brick red, the nose showed the beaucastel aroma's of farmyard, not too heavy. on the palate the wine tasted , compared to other Beaucasel vintages, light but with no harsh edges (like previous bottles did). I think it is better to drink this vintage now in stead of keeping it for much longer(decanted 2 hours in advance)
Ran across this bottle on the selves of K&L when I was picking up some wine. Just had to pick it up and try it with a spit-roasted chicken that i had planned for the night. In a word, wow! Drinking perfectly right now. Initially, the nose had a sharp piering note, but this went completely away after the first 10 minutes. This bottle drank great from the start and stayed great for many hours. Just a huge wonderful nose, reminded me of crushed fall leaves. Leather, spice box, musty notes, the nose is just absolutely stunning. Medium to long finish. My only complaint was that it flet a little light in the mouth, not much structure, not very full. But the nose and finish greatly made up for it.
I brought that to dinner with Youndy and Jay from Graperadio and some other people. I splashed decanted it at home to make sure it wasn't corked and to remove the sediment, poored back in the bottle and vaccumed it. I didn't take any formal notes. nice color, nose of garrigue with just a bit of barnyard. Everything was well balanced with a long finish. The wine just got better and better but sadly was drank way too fast to see it's true potential. I'm glad to still have 2 bottles. I'd say no rush to drink them.
The 2nd wine of the night for me was the '01 Pegau Cuvee Reservee followed closely by the '98 Vieux Donjon. What a great night!
Pre-'90 Chateauneuf in Seattle (Kaspars): This wine may have been the best drinking wine of the night at this point in time...but I wouldn't hold it any longer. Fully resolved tannin. A nice silky, spherical mouthfeel. But a bit simpler on the flavour profile than others tonight. And a touch dilute. Drink up.
Tasted March, 25th 2005, Aromas of Old leather, wet wood and cigar box are quickly available on the first nose of this wine. A ruby color, with good clarity, and slight amber at the edge. The wine is not filtered and with some sediments. The nose makes me think of a fabulous Brane Cantenac 1959 tasted 15 days ago with Henri Lurton at the salon des Grands Vins in Paris. The wine is sharp, alcoholic and with tannins still present. It presents the caracteristics of a well evolved fully mature chateauneuf to be drinking now IMHO.
Tasted back the next day: Aromas of beef blood, blackcurrants, soft pepper and spices on the nose. In mouth, the wine is smooth, with good acidity, soft and with nice flavors, very pleasant. Leather and pepper with aromas of cedar wood are melt in mouth and in the nose with blackcurrant aromas. Fabulous, it gains in complexity with aeration. I would keep the remaining bottles for another 3 to 4 years easily.
PEEE-UUU. No thanks, some horse just shat in my Riedel, I don't think I want to drink it.......... Really, this was horrible to me, my notes scribbled in a cocktail napkin again: Horrid cooked dry plums, diaper full of black poo, rank horse barn manure, dirty old leather, strawberry-cedar. But the Brett is from hell and beyond. Some nasty tannins made it awkward, and a dry wood and cherry finish. Wide open nose, showing all of the worn-out and rude pleasure of a toothless prostitute with her skirt on backwards. It would be a miracle if it became drinkable, and it's unlikely to become any more enjoyable, if you can call it that. Personally I'd 'gift' it.