This wine is finally fully mature and drinking great now. It needs a good 2 hour decant, but then it is kicking on all cylinders. My palate has recently turned away from CDP, but this wine just brought me back. Black cherry, menthol, white pepper, and of course a touch of classic Beaucastel brett barnyard. Finish is smooth, but mouth puckering with juicy kirsch liqueur. This renewed my faith in Beaucastel, especially since it was from the '03 vintage, which is not my favorite.
From magnum. At first, this felt overripe and pruney/raisiny. After some air, this transformed into a lovely Beaucastel. Tons of garrigue and a hint of spice make this a wonderful wine in a great place right now. This is nicely integrated at this point, perfectly balancing fruit and more tertiary characteristics like forest floor, leather, tobacco, and anise. Its 12 years of age are starting to show near the outer edges with some browning. There is nothing quite like an aged Beaucastel. Must buy more.
I was expecting this to have some cooked fruit or raisined elements that I've found in other 2003s, pleasantly it didn't. Balanced, and lovely. Plenty of freshness and acidity. Great pairing with several Indian food dishes. The mouvedre really stood out.
rich, quite local, only hints of the heated vintage, this is more Beaucastel than 2003 and I quite like it, acidity is bright, the fruit is solid, the wine is very much alive, the wine is balanced and has many years to go; probably better in five+ years.
Opened around 11 am and decanted for 45 minutes. Put back in bottle and corked it up. Started consuming around 8:00pm at a CDP event. This one showed very well. The wines of the night were two 1995s and an 1989...just hard to compete with a good aged CDP. The 2003 is drinking well now.
Opened and decanted-drank about 4 hours later. Barnyard on nose, with dark fruits medium body and firm grip on opening good finish. After decanting the tannins had softened and more fruit to the body. some tar and leather notes with the dark fruit, definitely has a few more years, but not sure if it will evolve firther. Great match for the cassoulet.
The wine evolved over the course of the afternoon and only after an hour or so did it start to open and reveal its native character and style. Dark brownish garnet colored, medium bodied, complex dark berry and spicy black cherry fruits were muted initially but opened up after an hour, accented by pain grillé (toast), smoke, leather, with hints of creosote and licorice on a moderate tannin lingering finish.
Not enought time with the wine to rate. Nose is quite heavy and musty and for me it feels dominated by very ripe Grenache aromas. Bay leaves, ripe plums, sweet cherries, olives and slight funk. Not a lot of brett or wood. Very ripe on the palate with round tannins, heavy warm alcohol but with a good intensity and length. It's not how I expect Beaucastel to taste, but an interesting and high quality wine still.
Pretty disappointing actually. I concur some some of the other CT tasting notes. This not what Beaucastel should taste like, especially from a very good vintage. The wine was drinkable, so it wasn't a bad bottle. it just wasn't that great.
From a half bottle. Decanted 2 hours prior to drinking. A touch stewed on the nose and palate but better than my last bottle a year and a half ago. All the pieces are integrated and I didn't get any heat with this bottle. The tannins are beginning to fully resolved. Again notes of Kirsch and dark fruit. This was just okay. Drink now.
A very good effort in a tough vintage, this wine is still quite young, but is beginning to develop well. The nose is filled with blackberry liqueur, kirsch, anise, crushed rock, and tobacco. Complexity continues to increase with air. The palate is very good, with surprising freshness for 2003, lots of depth and density of flavor. The tannins are well integrated, but still provide nice structural presence. This will likely get better for another 5 years before hitting its full peak.
Decanted 2 hours. It was paler with faint brown rim and was raisin and prune on palate. There was the scorched grapeiness of grenache and overall this started as a decent but not very worthy drink. The color and cooked fruit flavor seemed just shy of the oxidation seen in mishandled or heated wine. Most interestingly, these oxidative characteristics faded by hour 4 leaving a much more interesting and satisfying wine. Started an 87 finished a 90
Had some difficulty defining what was wrong with this bottle. Tasted lots of different things like the rest in this forum. But something was just not right! I believe the lack of tannins and acid. And that in combination with an abundance of fruit, coffee, liquorice etc. just isn't right. Decanted about 2 hours.
Wild, feral, unusual bouquet here, charged with kirsch, wet fur, must, brambles, sandstone, sour orange, decay, old leather, a whiff of VA. Remarkably "old" and complex for such a young wine, but this profile will turn off the squeamish in a hurry. I like it. The palate is similar, sweet and savory with meat and lingonberries, lean and bright in style overall, but still layered with intensity and a long tangy aftertaste of autumn. Reminds me a lot of Musar. This drinking great already, but has upside to spare. I wish I'd bought a lot more than I did on release.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with little color change, tiny bit of sediment; loads of cranberry, leather, older but well built and lot yet delineated; sweet and tart red fruit on the palate, cranberry, dried leaves, licorice, blood orange, almost fig; delicious, well balanced and fresh for '03.
Great aromas with forest floor, garrigue and leather. Compact and concentrated, with rather rustique tannins and low acidity. Less elegant than 01 and 07, tasted on the same occasion. A great wine, nevertheless.
This was surprisingly primary for being 10 years old. Fruit is very dark and fresh and it took decanting and warmth to showcase the full expression. Good amount of acid and a bit of tannin, but neither overwhelming. Hold at least 2-5 more years before consuming.
This is a beast, still a little early to drink. At first there's a little beat of heat, strong blackberry fruit and an amarone-like resinous quality. After decanting and a little time alone, the palate starts to round out and it comes into focus; earth, cola, hillside scrub, leather, smoke, and blackberry fruit. Give it 5-8 years.
The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Plum, Prune, and Raisin. It tastes like Prune, and Raisin. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Had an extremely ripe prune flavor with a high alcohol heat. Was full but thin in texture. Did not meet expectations for price point.
Lovely nose, good fruit and decent length. Certainly not over the hill, but underwhelming for what it is. Lacks complexity. I loved this wine when it was very young, but right now it's merely OK; not very exciting.
3rd time I've had this, and overall a very good bottle, Predominately anise and white pepper, great subtle leather and smoke coming in. Wonderful nose. palate is tart and alive. Drank over 4 hours, purchased from auction.
Third and final bottle since last January. Not as good as the 2nd, which wasn't as good as the first. In decline and not much fun to drink. Aroma is nice at the pop but weakens rapidly. The palate is tart, thin, alcoholy, and has a touch of green meanies. Not the vintage of Beau that you're looking for. 4+9+11+5 = 80
TN's all over the place. No read on what to prepare for. Classic nose, barny, dried heres, tight small red berries in the hot sun on the nose. Likey. Grenache is dominate, then the minerality of the Syrah comes out swinging... Even from the .375 is tight, young, beggn" for more time & air. The kirsch, the red dried fruit just tightens on the palate. This is really nice.
This wine was not at all what I was expecting after reading other reviews. Truly a pleasant surprise. This was the first time I had sampled the 2003 and did not expect anything special. I took a bottle out for dinner and had it decanted on our arrival. It was then served about one hour later with a lobster bisque and held up very well. It had a wonderful aroma on the nose. The taste was very soft with hints of blueberries and a smooth although not very long finish. I believe the bottles in my cellar are beginning to reach their pinnicle and plan to begin serve and consume them over the next two years.
A disappointing evening of Beaucastel 1995 - 2005. (Snooth.): Shows the thick texture and plush mouthfeel that the '98 used to have, but is more red fruited than black fruited and is ultimately rather unbalanced, with the alcohol sticking out way too much and the fruit being a bit one-dimensional. While relatively low in acidity, there is more than I expected. Finish is short and a bit flat. Serviceable, but that's about it and certainly not worth the tariff. B.
Uh oh, took a risk on some half bottles at a blowout price ($22), and this is pretty funky/overripe nose/tired. And surprisingly light (shut down as said below) on the palate. Will let it settle down a bit and see if it improves.
Next day -- horrendous, absolutely gone, dirty sewage water and wet moldy leaves. Pray for bottle variation.
This was better than I expected. It took quite a while to unwind, moving from sulky, to intensely spicy on the nose (but shut down hard on the palate) to finally relenting. Spicy and intense but with more more nerve and freshness than I would have expected, especially given the somewhat odd taste I had back in 2006. I don't think this is ever going to be a truly great vintage of Beau, but I also think it will have its own unique charms.
Slowed ox for 2 hours. It has some confit fruits on the nose. Palate is fresh and peppery. There is structure and freshness to it, and was pretty good with duck confit. Some 2003 Chateauneuf are very jammy with a lot of heat. This Beaucastel managed to be fresh and structured, maybe to a detriment of some complexity. Lovely.
Dark blood red. The bouquet shows sweet ripe berries, cherries, raisins and herbs and spices. On the palate a sweet start, ripe fruits, raisins again, sweet spices, chocolate, soft tannin and bitterness and great length. A beautiful wine, early maturity now and several years ahead.
I found this bottle dull to drink. The wine was half dead. It possessed a decent bouquet but was insipid on the palate and had very little finish. A very boring bottle of wine. I hope this was just this bottle, but from the notes of others before me, that may not be the case.
However, a week later I opened 4 more bottles at my grandson's christening and the wine was singing. Each bottle displayed a great sense of place, balance and a lengthy and elegant finish. Bottle variation, heky it happens all the time.
Lots of funk and leather (borderline TCA?, or is that the infamous Beau Brett?) which seems common in the reviews. Softly muted bouquet and fruit supply, saved by an excellent balance on tannin and acidity, but this is nothing to get excited about in terms of CdP. By day 2, the brett and barnyard have weakened and it drinks much better. It's well made and all considering the vintage, but boring as hell. I would be ecstatic if this were a $15 daily quaff, but that is certainly not the case. 5+9+14+6 = 84
Immediately after opening: Horse/barnyard nose with no fruit, Very light fruit on the palate, thin, one-dimensional.. No finish to be found. Made me sad for a Beaucastel. Threw in a decanter and hoped for improvement with air. One hour later (pour from decanter): Slight brett nose.. perhaps the nose has thinned even further?.. Still one dimensional and thin on the palate. No fruit to be found. And is that TCA or is that just the funk of Beaucastel making an appearance?. Still not pleased. One more hour in the decanter and in the glass: TCA/funk has become more obvious in the nose and taste. I can't decide if this is corked or just dead. Perhaps it is a bad bottle, perhaps it is over the hill.. It is not obviously corked but it isn't on par either. It's drinkable but I hope for better things with the remaining bottle. Probably will not wait much longer to find out as I feel this bottle may have already peaked.
On first opening - whoa!, this is pretty stinky: faint brett, horsey, soiled barn stall, no sign of fruit whatsoever. But, with just a few more minutes in the glass (w/out any swirling) some bright red fruits, spice, iodine, sour milk, bay leaf, oregano and red licorice notes begin to appear. And in just a few more minutes, this thing has me completely sucked me in, and I'm loving it. Some of the tn's had me a bit worried that this might be less than enjoyable, or perhaps mediocre at best, well, I got one of the good bottles, this is on point and getting better with each minute in the glass. Good toward very good.
Bright red color; lean nose, mint, slight hint of raspberries, some mildly burned caramel; elegant mild lean attack, mild sherry-like taste; mildly tannic; elegant and agreeable, not pushing itself towards you just being there; limited complexity; long aftertaste with lingering caramel
I've had CdB dating back at least to the 1989 vintage. In my experience, there can be a lot of bottle variation. The 1989s were luscious but tight when young, started opening up beautifully by 2002-2004, and then fell off a cliff and were flat and lifeless. I'm not sure if they ever recovered. This 2003 vintage was even worse than that. Not clearly flawed, but just flat, little fruit, not a pleasure at all. I'm going to be generous and mark this as a flawed bottle, but I'm glad I didn't have any more in my cellar, as it may just be an over-the-hill CdB.
This Beaucastel is better than it reputation (e.g. at Parker). It is perfect drinking now. Though it is 9 years old, it still has some freshness in both colour and nose. The taste is full of harmony; leather, tobacco and black berries. I realy can't wait for my next Beaucastel. It is top class CdP.
Dried roses, lovely damp floral potpourri and yam on the nose. Very elegant, sweet blackberries and sweet sugary notes on the palate. Its surprising for a beaucastel. Different and atypical. But nevertheless still a good drinking wine.
Mega-Pointer Dinner (Yuan Wei Deep-Sea Garoupa, Serangoon Road): This was a strange Beaucastel - a very un-Beaucastel Beaucastel if you know what I mean. On first guess, most of the table thought Amarone, and even though I guessed CdP on second try, my guess was one of the more modern producers. If anything, this tasted more like a Tablas Creek (Beaucastel's venture in Paso Robles, California) than your typical middle-aged Château de Beaucastel. The nose was atypical rich an showy, with a serious waft of dried roses alongside thick aromas of raisins and blackberries touched with a little touch of lavender and garrigue and some damp earth. Very attractive, but quite a bit sweeter smelling than usual. Same thing on the palate, with its plump, fleshy flavours of blackberries, plums and prunes along with a slightly dried fruit, raisiny bit and a twist of licorice at the finish. Lots of black-fruited depth here, and the tannins were a bit rough, less refined than usual. Yet for all that, this was still very well-balanced and blessed with a certain classiness to it big frame. Not the best Beaucastel, or the most typical, but it was still a nice wine in its own right. Still on the youngish side with all that fruit and tannin, I would give it another 4-5 years more before trying again. WA95 on release.
WOW, WOTN agains 2005 Clos Des Papes, 2005 Vieux DonJon, and 1990 Guigal Hermitage. Changed from a fabulous aroma of fruit and spice (some said ash), to include licorice. Great fruit at the first pallet that dimmed on the mid pallet but came back nicely on the finish. Could still improve.
Showing a bit of age, but drinking very well right now. Still plenty of red/black fruit, though it seems to have faded a bit. Some nice earthy notes and few lingering tannins. I think it still has a few more good years ahead of it, but I don't think I'd wait more than 5.
My first Ch Beau. Popped and followed for about 6 hours. Dark ruby with a dash of brick, 90% opaque, clear and sound. Nose could use a little volume but is lovely nonetheless, with flora, garrigue, pepper. and spice. Great balance and mouthfeel with limited flavor and structure. Feels mature but should be able to go on for a few more years. 5+10+16+7 = 88
Beautiful and mature bouquet with garrigue. On the palate round and melted tannin. Concentrated and ripe fruits and good freshness. Beautiful and complex wine. Not really sure about when to drink this; maybe now, but it also might improve a bit with some more ageing. (This blind note has more or less the same conclusion as the bottle I tasted in Jan. 2011)
Nice counterpoint, at 13.5%, to a much bigger '03 CDP that we had earlier in the week. A few minor secondary components come through over time, as does a little earthiness. Enjoyable now, with a long life still ahead of it.
Halloween bottle @ Log Haven. Showing both rich fruit and noticable amounts of maturity, though certainly on the young side. My first Beaucastel, so I cannot comment on quality in relation to house style or other vintages, but quite enjoyable.
Just starting to get mature. Decanted and waited 2 hours, and only slowly it became really good. Black Berries, peppers and spices, chocolate, liquorice, acetone and strawberries. Long aftertaste. Lovely and well balanced. Still many years to go. Maybe a little too "New World" compared to older vintages.
Seems to have aged much more slowly than my last bottle. The same savory flavors were there, but much less apparent under a heavy blanket of dark fruit. I was surprised given my previous experience, but clearly I opened this too early.
Wednesday Night Blind - February 2011 (Peter Pratt's Inn): I love Beaucastel, this was a bit atypical to the lineage as it was very "New World" in my opinion, not that that is a bad thing for me, lots of ripe fruit, grilled meat, only a hint of barnyard funk, a really enjoyable wine overall.
Herbs, spices, black fruits and earthy impressions in the bouquet. Same on the palate. Although there is a firm amount of bitterness and tannin, the wine is more mature than expected. Start drinking it now and see how it develops over the years.
Did not decant. Four years since my last taste has done this wine some good. It's showing a little bit of that Beaucastel funk that I like on the nose. Inviting aromas of cherry, plum, and dates. A bit of leather. Doesn't seem roasted or overripe at all. Tannins are starting to integrate well. Full bodied, lush palate. There is a little bit of heat on the finish. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised at how this wine has aged. Drinking pretty good now and I imagine four or more years in the cellar won't hurt it.
Really very good: consumed over two nights, stored at cellar temperature between tastings. Fantastic nose of raspberry jam with some subtle iron and spice. Medium weight on the palate, perhaps slightly better on the second day. 2003 was very hot and while the wine has powerful fruit and is a bit one dimensional , it has nice acidity with silky tannins. In my opinion, a somewhat under-rated wine.
Three bottles tasted with consistent notes. Surprisingly, none of the roasted/stewed character or raisiny flavors that were so prominent in bottles tasted two years ago (and in 2006 at the domaine). Well-structured and ripe, with some earthy/spicy secondary flavors that are beginning to come out of hibernation, firm supporting acidity, ripe tannins, and a long finish. Rather pleasantly un-2003-like, perhaps because the high amount of Mourvedre tolerated the heat well? Or maybe this just needed a few years to calm down.
Very tight and oaky out of the bottle ... decanted and after 2 hours started to soften up a bit. Unfortunately, had to leave at that point, so left 1/2 btl at the wine store. Will need feedback for 2-4 hrs later
Denne var veldig rustikk i starten, men med en time i karaffel så begynte ting å komme mer på plass. Nesten ingen aroma til å begynne med, kom mer røde bær, kirsebær etterhvert. Ble drukkket både med og uten mat og den fungerte helt klart best med. Tror denne har potensiale til å øke 2 - 3 poeng med noe mer lagring.
YES, but why? So, this confirms my view that there is no point opening any Beaucastel for 10 years. It is often mute, at an earlier date. Seven years in this is a deep red, but hardly any nose (straight from the bottle). I beat the crap out of it in a decanter and it raised some limp liqourice; giving off a moderate heat. Put it away til 2013, at the very least.
Right now, this is a bottle I have to be in the mood for in order to enjoy. Previous posters suggest an overdone, overripe rendition. I don't get any of that. In fact, this bottle initially seems a touch closed, a touch thin, a touch stupid.
The nose is one of the highlights of this bottle. All kinds of spice, leather, meat, matchstick, mineraiity. Really forward and provocative.
On the palate, less body and richness than I expected given the nose. My impression of this is that it's nicely balanced but a bit young and closed. Long finish that winds into a bit of raisin on the back, but for me this note is way in the background (though it does have a lingering presence)..
I'm thinking another 5 years will prove beneficial. 91pts now, with some decent upside going forward.
Update: I left a glass of this on the counter overnight, decided "what the heck, let's give it a taste to see if it's dead". Wow!! Not dead. In fact, it's really in a great place after the mistreatment (about 12 hours of air in a glass). The palate picked up a lot of richness and much more expressive. 93 points Day 2.
Of the 6 bottles (375ml) we have tasted over the past few years, 4 performed well (91-92 points), however, 2 (including this one) were subpar.All were stored side by side in a 55 F cellar since release. Strange bottle variation, not corked, but this showed tart cherries, acid, and tannins. Little fruit up front and not giving more. The nose was muted with a little cherry, earth, and raisins. Tasted over 3 hours to see if it came to life. A number of 750's are waiting for approval in the cellar.
Jan 2010 Connecticut Wine Tasting (Henry's House - Fairfield CT): Wine "A" of the tasting, tasted Blind as all the wines in the 1st flight were. I had guessed a Syrah based French wine from 2005 as the nose had that fruit and spice component. The color was a dark ruby and it had just started to open up on the palate with some red berries. I gave it a 91 and most folks scored it around that or a bit higher. It showed its youth and did soften a bit when we sampled it later.
Birthday dinner with herb crusted rack of lamb. Decanted for 2 hours. Nose was pretty tight and did not offer up as much as I expected. This very hot vintage shows clearly in this Beaucastel. Overipe fruit and scorched earth notes. Some interesting complexities including ground coffee, pork sausage, and sage leaves. Heavy, chunky, dense, and rustic...lacking the polish I have experienced in other vintages. Very good but not great.
Gorgeous palate of stewed plum and dark spice, wild mushroom and leather, a little fat, a little heat, with a nose of dark blackberry syrup, more fruit and less stink than I like in a Beaucastel. This is not subtle, and I can think of more interesting vintages of this, but it's big, delicious and will drink well for some time.
Light ruby color and somewhat cloudy. Dark nose of tar, camphor, blackberry, spice, and wood. Sharp on the palate, with roasted flavors, not too much fruit (a bit of dark berry liqueur), good freshness and tannins. The finish was good, but unremarkable. This was solid, but by no means mind-blowing. We'll see how another bottle is in a few years.
Blackberry, mulberry, but also slightly sharp nose; power and spice, to the sweet'ish side; slightly sharp also in the mouth. Quite soft tannins. Believe will improve further, but relatively nice now, except for the "sharpness".
This wine was decanted and poured. It was tasted side by side with the 2003 Pegau CdP Cuvée Réservée. Unfortunately this wine failed to show as well as the Pegau. This wine on the bouquet and palate came across as stern, closed and unyielding. Time in the decanter failed to coax the wine into a more accessible profile. Based on this showing it is not clear if additional bottle age will resolve the stern, unyielding personality.
It just seemed overripe with clunky tannins. We also opened an '03 Gouges Chene whatever. In flavor profile, though one is Mouvedre, etcetera, etcetera etcetra, and the other is pinot, the flavor profile was very similar. Roasted plum--oh, I mean prune--flavors, chalky tannins, scorched earth. Not entirely unpleasant but I have better ways to spend my money. (So, why you ask, did I buy a second bottle? I'm wondering too.)
Upon opening I thought this bottle of 03 Beaucastel was corked. No fruit was present showing nothing but funk on the nose. After an hour the wine gave up a touch of raspberry and oak with something tertiary in the background but was anything but aromatic. On the palate the Beaucastel was thin like an 02 Cote du Rhone. It wasn't corked but needless to say Michael and I were disappointed. I'm in the habit of bringing a second bottle to put into play in case this happens. It's understandable that from time to time a bottle can be off as wine is an evolving and fickle creature. The other bottle? A fabulous 1996 Grande Damne.
On the nose, elegant and complex aromas. The palate initially seemed hollow with a total absence of fruit, leaving a spiced, slightly bitter aftertaste. With time, the wine fleshed out a bit but was still dominated by spice elements and very little fruit. Possibly this is due to heat damage or a reflection of the hot climatic conditions.
beautiful red ruby. surprisingly high pitch nose for a chateauneuf du pape. Smoke wood(quite a bit of it) marzipan, pine tree, and of course red, dark berries, and fig(!!). On the palate, very pleasant and again surprisingly refined texture in the mid palate, and a taut finish which I am sure would fade away with years and leaving the wine a lot more interesting than what it is now. A very nice wine indeed.
This isn’t a Beaucastel for the ages and shows a clear, semi-opaque, ruby color along with an upfront, sweet nose of licorice, hot stones, hoisin sauce and roasted herbs. The palate is medium to full bodied with ripe (overripe?) fruit, a light, smooth texture and an enjoyable finish. All in all, an outstanding and seemingly early maturing wine.
This seems unusual for Beaucastel. It's lite with some red berry, italian spice and a touch of camphor. It is not unattractive at all right now; it just seems truncated. From the taste, look, and appearance of the wine I would say it has been heavily manipulated with fining and filtering. Like other wines so treated there's no there there. It lacks presence. Wine is unpredicatable so maybe it will surprise with time but as President Lindberg said: "I have a doubt."
Had on the same night as a '96 Grange, and this was completely outclassed, but still good. Fruit forward nose with raspberry, garrigue, and hint of smoke. Smooth round palate, very focused, adding some fig, leather and tobacco notes, with quite a bit if heat on the back end. Finish was medium in length, not especially complex. I'm with some others questioning the aging potential of this wine, seems a little too hot and lacking structure to be as long lived as other Beaucastel's, but still a fruit forward, well made, enjoyable wine.
We had in a mini-Beaucastel vertical (1998-2004), and this was a favorite. Color still dark, nose was fruity, no barynard, and quite fruit-forward in the mouth. Unlike other notes, we didn't find it thin, closed or out of balance. Interestingly, the other notes suggest a thinness or lack of fruit, and of course 2003 was the hot year with very high alcohol and extract. We were on the lookout, but at this stage, it did not seem too hot, or out of balance. Most felt it would age well, an often-mentioned concern for the vintage.
Dark ruby n color, with raspberry ganache, and a perfumey nature not dissimilar to the '01, albeit less fine. Less pruney of a nose than I would have expected based on others' take on this wine. iodne and blody meat, with a meaty-mushroom thing going on. I really liked the minerality and darkness of this wine. 92 pts.
Opened and poured. This is my first Ch. Beaucastle CdP that I picked up on a closeout. Compared to other CdP this was a weak effort - the wine appeared ripe and raisiny with very little in the way fruit. The wine did begin to flesh out towards the last half of the bottle and became more interesting. Next time I will open and decant for a couple of hours to see if it improves.
Opens with aromas of dark fruit and an earthy pungent note but quickly shows a pruny/raisiny aroma. Lots of dark fruit on the palate, with firm tannins and a subtle sweetness. Ends with drying tannins and a raisiny edge to the fruit. $80.99.
When we first opened it, lots of tannins, and we could hardly taste the fruit. Obviously this wine will be around for a while. Decanted for about 45 minutes, and got fabulous softness, but still with background. Lots of raisiny stewed cherries, but did not taste the heat of the alcohol that some have mentioned. Definitely from a very hot vintage.
Tasting Group Dinner w/ Kevin Sidders - Steaks & Bordeaux (Our House): Thick, ripe black cherry, pepper, plum, and garrigue flavors. On the palate, this comes across as roasted and raisined, although this bottle wasn't as stewed and hot as the one I tasted at the domaine last year (see TN). A forward, low-acid Beaucastel that kind of grew on me. I honestly have no idea how this will age, although my instincts are to drink these sooner rather than later.
Bordeaux at Siggy's: As if I needed more wine at this point. Popped and poured. The color is a deep, dark red. The nose this is a slightly obnoxious blend of pepper, ripe cherry fruit and garrigue. Tastes much better than it smells to me at this point, featuring more cherry fruit that is very ripe, but with good underlying structure. Flavors are impressively expansive. The finish is nice, but is extremely tannic at this point. I'm more optimistic about the long term prognosis for this wine, but will plan to keep my hands off them for many years.
Excellent bottle yet again. This seems like the Mourvedre content is high because I get an almost Bandol-like flavor spectrum on this wine, but it stays true to Chateauneuf with lots of powerful garrigue and kirsch. Finishes amazing, and the amount of sediment on this bottle at this early stage of development is remarkable. I have not tasted many 03s from CdP, but this remains my favorite by far. Just a great experience and for me, this is a wine I can't have enough of.
Decanted for one hour, fantastic bottle of ripe CDP. The vibrant nose of considerable complexity. On the palate a big, ripe wine with a range of flavors. The finish is so long with many different tastes. Everyone loved it. Thanks to Mr. Capilouto for picking this up.
Verticale Beaucastel: Nez plutôt résineux, caoutchouc, fruit rouge confit. Texture agréable mais le vin est tout d’un bloc, le fruit en retrait face à la structure. N’a pas la belle richesse du 2004 pour contrebalancer l’alcool. Creux en milieu de bouche, pas beaucoup de fraicheur. Franchement décevant pour la propriété et le prix, même si le vin est loin d’être mauvais. 87 pts
I picked-up this bottle at a local shop for a fairly decent price and decided to pop it tonight. Honestly, at this point, my expectations weren't that high. Boy, was I wrong. This wine is drinking extremely well at the moment. Great notes of raspberry, tobacco, smoke and earth. Extremely lush mouthfeel with excellent structure. Continued to get better in the glass as the evening wore on. I'll be looking for more.
Tasted a glass only from 0,75 and decided not to buy. Not to say it's bad, but seemed somewhat out of balance and certainly not to my taste, also not sure it'll improve much. Dark, concentrated, big though not over the top. Lots of sweet fruitiness: dark berries, plums.. Very surprised that some other tasters didn't find any barnyard scent here, I thought it obvious. Also some leather, but all the aromas did not mix up (yet?). Tannins were rather soft, but accidity was on the lower side and it really seemed too hot and quite harsh. Especially in the aftertaste which was just very alcoholic.
Stumbled upon the last five 375 mls at a big wine clearance sale -- $22.99 per. I was going to buy the 750's at $55, but this obviously was a better deal. So I popped and poured one last night at my in-laws. Went great with a leftover portion of Angus beef short ribs that I had for lunch at Commander's. First impression of the 03 Beau: I was a little surprised this was not as big as others I have -- 96, 98, 99, 00 and 01 vintages. The nose was initially closed -- probably notl that surprising considering it just came out of a 375. But on the last glass I picked up dark berries, licorce and forest-y scents. A little lean but again the last glass was the best -- probably because it got more air time. I didn't find this as tannic as described by some tasters, but to each his own. Had a nice finish - 30+. My luck to be in the right place at the right time.
I think this is starting to close down a bit. It is much more lean and ungiving than the previous 375 ml I had 8 months ago. Lots of forest brush, slightly angular raspberry, tar, and hugely tannic finish. This started to open a bit after an hour in the decanter, and undoubtedly will be better. If you must drink, decant for hours. It was much less impressive than the 1998 served as a comparison.
Popped and poured from a 375ml bottle. Deep, dark, and brooding. This wine seems almost atypically dense for Chateauneuf with what must be a high percentage of Syrah and Mourvedre. Nose is slightly closed at first but opens up with some time to reveal dried herbs, blackberries, currants, and licorice. Superb texture and long finish round out this experience. My favorite 2003 CdP that I have tried so far by a long shot.
In the glass it is gradually improving with air. After a little while it is showing more of both tannins and acidity. It is probably a good wine that is closed up right now and need some time yet before it should be drunk.
Had another glass after the tasting: Less sweetness on the nose. Lots of tannins and much more power on the palate. It has opened up a bit, but is still very young. Now it is very good, and will probably improve immensely from cellaring.
Purple. Roasted, syrupy aromas here: the primary impression is of strawberry jam, but I also find hints of robotusin cough syrup. Seems stewed and unbalanced with a hot and slightly bitter finish. And the wine is also angular: the components don't fit tother at all well. Overall, this wine is very disappointing -- reminds me of Vieux Telegraph, a wine I typically don't like! I have 9 left but will probably try to think of some way to get rid of most of them...
An interesting and controversial wine. I enjoyed this with Jason Goldberger over the course of 3.5 hours. At first it was very ripe with lots of raspberry jam, heat, bramble and stemminess. Not a pleasant nose. The palate was better but hot and quite stemmy. However, over the course of the meal it transformed, integrating the alcohol. Lots of intense, brambly Grenache, much less stem, much less heat. I went from thinking that this was interesting but flawed (86 points) to thinking that it actually is a reasonably strong wine (89-90 points) that may well improve considerably over the next decade. I would be surprised if this is ever a great vintage of Beaucastel, but in time I suspect it will improve and be a very nice, ripe vintage.
Chateauneuf du Pape BYO Dinner (DUO, Miami): CdP BYO dinner at DUO, Miami. Best wine of the flight. Like all the 03's rich forward fruit, but lacks the complexity of the Pegau, or the Chaupin. All of the 03's drink exceptionally well now, and I believe like the 2000 Bordeaux's will also mature exceptionally well.
Deep ruby color. Briary, brambly, briney nose. Well integrated and somewhat soft nose. Nice mouthfilling palate, with a touch of dryness. Did not have the deep, intense flavors of the VT or the Cristia. Refined tannins and a medium finish round out the wine. This was not as intense as the others tasted, but I liked it the best. It has progressed from my first taste earlier in the year, and does not show any sign of bretty, horsey flavors.
drank this before its times. This will be an incredible wine but it was too tight even after 1 1/2 hours of opening. Even later in the evening it didn't open up. thougth it would do well with rack of lamb, however, it needed more age to unfold its licorice and smoke and herb flavors that are prevalent in this wonderful wine.
Remember that old Wendy's commercial with the three old ladies and poke and prod a hamburger and finally one exclaims, "Where's the beef!?" Well, this is kind of like that except instead of "Where's the beef?" it's "Where's the Beaucastel?" This is nice southern rhone wine that is heavy in grenache. There's lots of kirschy fruit, with some earth and leather in the distant background. The palate is well structured and has a nice level of acidity with a medium length finish. 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 8. After about 10 hours of air this is drinking nicely. On initial opening it's a kirschy one dimentional mess but after several hours it gains complexity. Overall, a good wine but lacks some of the character that I love in Beaucastel's wines.
Another disappointing 2003 (especially from one of my top 3 favorite wineries anywhere)...hot, disjointed and simple. What I love about Beaucastel (mouvedre) are all the secondary flavors...yes young but I do not think they will ever appear in this wine. Hopefully proven wrong....
Aromas of ripe raspberry fruit, eath, and spices. Dense and silky on the palate, this shows more ripe fruit with some distinctive Beaucastel funk. Compared to some other great Beau vintages, this is not as rich, seeming a tad hollow on the mid-palate, and shows a bit of heat.
Dinner with Pat G (Pluckemin Inn): Notes from memory. Decanted for an hour, drunk over the following hour. This was very un-Beaucastel like. All about the fruit, with little, if any, of the typical earthiness. Wonderful fruit - raspberries predominantly. Very nice wine - pure, lush, fruit-driven. Nicely in balance.
From a 375ml. Dark ruby red color. Impressive and exotic nose of spices, tree bark, red and black fruit, dried herbs, plum and figs. On the palate, the wine is massive and chewy, but doesn't display any sweetness that one may anticipate based on the nose. There's a lot of old world-ness and freshness to this wine that is imply stunning. The fruit is pure and laser focused and shows tremendous depth. This wine imparts an almost cooling sensation on the tongue and the texture is super-silky. The finish is long and shows off some pretty fruit, leather, and more dried spice. Lush wine that will only get better. My favorite 2003 CdP so far and I am bummed not to own more.
Deeply saturated purple, almost impenetrable. Sweet aromas of cassis, red plums, cinnamon, toffee, hints of game. Very rich and dense, chewy, concentrated sweet fruits, long finish with substantial tannins. Acidity low compared to "classic" beaucastel. Alcohol a bit high, but no other signs of the hot vintage at all.
Tasted at the domaine. Less impressive than a very nice bottle of the '03 a few months ago (see TN). Slightly raisiny. Dusty, chocolatey tannins. A bit hot. It's somewhat lacking in freshness and balance.
This is our third bottle since purchasing two cases last year. Dense, deep, rich flavors of berries and leather. The nose has cherries and a lushiness about it aromas. Grenache should always be this good.
Very fruit forward for a Beaucastel bottling. Drank over 2 days from magnum and never got harsh tannins nor a feeling of need for long-term aging. Would guess that 750's are ready to go and best over the next 6-8 years.... will probably consume my other maggie in that time period as well. Drink young.. not our typical Beau.
From half bottle picked up a week and a half ago. I generally have not gone wrong with Beau over the years, but this is a different animal. Was diying to try over the course of an evening. Initially no nose, decanted, bit of funk, left it for a bit. Started to open, really only got green tar(which is what i have been getting from these wines on release since 1998, much different than the 88/90/94/95. Very dense black color. During dinner, taste of sweet cherry cough syrup, round and light, you can taste the heat/dried fruit, harsh on the back end - I think it was the high alcohol, niether my wife nor I were impressed. My last glass an hour later, the nose is about the same, but the palate has stepped up a few notches. Now I get the big plush mouthfeel, the intense still cherry fruit with the rhoney black licorice and leather bite and some tannins on the finish. Yes, this is now showing Beaucastel!! Yum. But this is a dark brooding Beau, not really my fav, and will drink early. Will be a take it or leave it wine. The higher alcohol means I do not want to drink it old. Start - 89 pts, now 93, tasting it a bit like i remember the 1990 was young, but not the nose - yet? The appeal is the very solid fruit. I got a case, I will not buy more, but nor will I sell them.
Tastes great even this young but also has so much potential for aging well over the next ten years. The hot 2003 vintage shows up in this big wine with very ripe fruit on the nose and tightly wound tannins that need some time to unwrap themselves.
Deep black ruby. Super ripe nose but not overripe. Black fruit confit, provencal herbs, leather and a distinctly salty aroma. Sweet and rich with herbs d'Provence, blackberry liquer and earth flavors with a stony undertone. Very big tannins but thery are ripe. This seems quite dosjointed now but should harmonize into something quite nice over the next 10 to 20 years. Not quite as defined as the 2001 but still quite an impressive mouthful.
From a 375 ml bottle. Deep, somewhat sweet red raspberry / cherry fruit. Good weight / texture / structure. Reminds me a bit of the '98, which I tried a few times just after release. The person with whom I shared the bottle thought that this was perhaps slightly more impressive than the '98 when it was released... We were both impressed.
a monster of a wine. all wood when first opened, but slowly sharp stabs of over ripe strawberries peaked through. later, it began rounding out...somewhat. the wood settled after a few hours. very good wine. needs lots of time to reach its peak
Despite being three years older, the colour is almost identical to the 2001, possibly just a little bit more mature. A deep, deep nose with loads and loads of blueberry fruit. There is none of the usual Beaucastel farmyard and brett on the nose. A lovely attack. Round, full and very expressive. Lots of excellent character. Really lovely fruit with great concentration. Spicy tannins appear towards the finish. Very length. Very Good Indeed++/Excellent.