The mid-palate finally filled in. This has been in a weird place for years. Always a massive hole in the middle. Glad to see it coming around. On the nose, lots of ripe cherry, dried herbs and raspberry. Medium bodied with subtle silky tannins. This wine should stay at this level for the next five years.
Monthly tasting club LTC 2016-02; French or not French? (@ My place): The bouquet shows cherries and red berries, garrigue and spiciness and minty flavors. On the palate juicy dark (blackberries) and red berries, olives, herbs, vanilla, good acidity and round tannin with still a pleasant bite. The second half of the bottle, stored at approx 45°F/7°C showed lovage and cinnamon and the tannin was completely melted. In fact the wine had became a bit too old, while other wines kept under the same conditions were still as good or even better. The conclusion must be that this wine is at its peak now and will probably stay on this level for some time, but is not for the long haul. I have a few more, so there will be a follow up. My score is for day 1: 88
This was the first bottle of my collection and the first I have aged for over 7 years. Opened and drank over several with beef bourgy: it's in a great place now. Nose was deep, dark fruit, some barnyard and herbs; on the palate it's framework was lighter than anticipated, but still very filling. Beautiful tapenade taste with infused herbs, and a very savory expression of fruit. Almost salty. And totally delicious with the bourguignon. Towards the end, a faint powdery taste emerged. Probably has another 4 years or so, but why wait? It's drinking well now. Cheers to the bottle that started it all for me!
Decanted at cellar temp and served immediately. Medium ruby color with hints of garnet lightening the edges. Nose of fresh strawberries and red raspberries with grilled thyme and black tea. Palate enters with red fruits, slightly hollow through the mid-palate, but finishes with pepper, Herbs de Provence, and an acidity which brings the fresh fruit back for a long finish. Still some tannin lingering. This is just starting to transition into its middle-age and has lots of life left.
Drank beside the 2007. There is a little more freshness in this wine and the tannin a little less round, but overall a really nice and well structured wine with good fruits and garrigue. Still a future of several years.
Drank @ a work dinner so no specific notes. Very meaty Rhone valley wine. One of the people at the table noted it was too 'salty' for his tastes, but I really liked it. Get some bacon fat and olives other strong Syrah characteristics. From a QPR perspective - excellent (I think it retails for $25, unfortunately not quite the price on the wine menu). Paired very well with a tenderloin, but didn't overpower the surf (lobster) part of the dish. A touch of spice without being overpowering. I'd seek it out again. Decanted and served and drank over ~2 hours.
PopnPour, tasted over 1 hr and Day 2 -opaque dark red with minimal bricking -warm earthy dark berry -med acidity, med complexity, dark berry fruit intermingled with earthy/soil elements, med- tannins with moderately long finish, better on day 2 -on mature plateau, excellent, serious Cotes du Rhone
Really impressive. This is still a bit tight and tastes like it needs more air or another few years to unwind. The colour is starting to dull with garnet around the rim but, overall, the wine is still deep ruby. The nose gives kirsch, minerals, a bit of pepper. Still very fresh with a good balance between fruit and emerging earthy characteristics. On the palate wine replays the nose. it is very well balanced with med plus acid and tannins still quite prevalent. Med-plus length, grippy finish. The Mourvèdre is very prominent to me. The wine tastes like it could easily go for another 5 to 7 years without losing any complexity. Overall, very pleasantly surprised.
My final bottle of 2005 Beaucastel and definitely the best of the last couple of years. Decanted, with pure raspberry aromas and spice wafting from the glass. Still a bit tight, but the tannins are softening and this is a true pleasure.
Just slightly disappointed in this bottle. In comparison with prior bottles over the past several years, this bottle was just a bit tired and lacking vibrancy and fruit. Tasted like it was in decline, but I don't think that is really the case. Everything else - flavors, texture, balance, complexity, finish was very good and consistent with previous bottles.
Opened 2 hours ahead and decided not to decant (quite open). Reddish violet. Very similar to my experience 1 year ago although this time the fleshiness of the fruit on the palate seemed to stand out and was not mentioned in my previous note. Still with great (rustic) balance, so good that the slight etoh protrusion was not an issue. Great with food. To me this is a great CdR and one of the best Coudoulet vintages.
Did not decant. Served with spicy rubbed and grilled NY strip steak. Like the previous bottle, this one has opened up with leather, spices, excellent mid range of spicy fruit and good lenth. Have a couple of bottles left and wish I had bought more.
Very good QPR; technically (legally) a Cotes du Rhone, but in fact a very decent and well made Chateauneuf du Pape. Nice dark fruits (cherries!) with layers of herbs, tobacco and juicy meat. Fresh and still very youthful, but open, approachable and very pleasant. Will continue to be drinking well for quite some years, but I would not be surprised that - looking back after my last bottle - this bottle turns out to be one of the best experiences with this wine.
Dark but not opaque ruby in color, medium body, this is drinking very nicely now, with dark, plummy, meaty fruit, hint of sweetness, bit of anise and garrique, some fine black tea tannins. In a good place, and will certainly get better with more years.
Another in a long string of terrific bottles. Dark fruits, meat, herbs, leather, spice and garrigue with deep flavors, a smooth, rich body and a long finish. This has continued to gain complexity, richness and depth over the past several years. It is drinking great right now and will continue to do so for many years. This wine has it all -- richness, complexity, depth, texture, balance and persistence. 91+
Double decanted and served after about 2 hours. This bottle was very different from the one I tried about 3 months ago. It has opened up considerably with intense nose of leather, berries, spice and fruit followed by a full mouthfeel of leather and berries with persistent, lingering flavors. Slight heat in the finish due to alcohol, but a very good wine. Served wtih grilled beef ribs.
Decanted 60 minutes (some benefit). Nose feature mostly red berries, but also some earth/leather, garrique. Nicely balanced palate that exhibits fruit, acid, and melo tannins from entry to a little beyond finish. Etoh pokes out a bit, but not a distractor. More integrated than bottle in 2009, but this still feels fresh and seems to have a future.
Very dark, deep garnet, nearly opaque; just a touch of leather on the nose, otherwise dark crushed berries; palate has plenty of rich intensity, dark, meaty, plum fruit, bit of spice that might be partly from alcohol. A classic southern Rhone, drinking well though still very young. Very nice.
Les arômes au nez sont suaves et complexes, avec du fruit noir, style liqueur de cassis, des notes de romarin, un coté viande saignante, de la réglisse. La bouche est dense, pleine (aucun creux en milieu de bouche), à la fois ample et très longue pour un simple Côte du Rhône. Un vin frais, qui a de la matière et du style, authentique et savoureux, avec une certaine minéralité en finale. Excellent vin, un des meilleurs Coudoulet que j'ai pris. Superbe rapport q/p, d'une profondeur saisissante pour un vin de moins de 30$. Il est encore meilleur qu'en 2009. 91 pts
Did not decant, but drank the wine over a 2 day period. I have had this wine twice, and Cru de Coudoulet on many occassions, and I am not as impressed with this wine as others. I think it is still closed in and a bit restrained, with olives and earth flavors, relatively low tanins. I think the 2007 is a much better wine and far more expressive at this stage.
Drinking well at this time, with tannins smoothed out, ripeness of fruit receded, texture smooth so earth , olive flavors in background emerge. Drinks better than the 2007 at this point in time though this may change with time as the 2007 similarly develops?
Dark fruits, brush wood and some herbs and spices in the bouquet. On the palate red as well as dark fruits and a pleasant, firm dose of acidity. The tannin is soft but still powerful enough to last for several years more. Not extremely complex and a medium long finish, but certainly a very pleasurable wine.
Wow!! excellent balance: dark fruits integrate with a firm tannic structure, there is a nice spiciness that i like a lot, bacon fat, and great silky mouth feel. This is a well made wine that has no facet that is over powering and it may actually struggle against some foods. I don't think i have had a wine for 20$'s or less that is better.
Fermé d'entrée de jeu. S'ouvre difficilement sur un peu plus de deux heures. Nez de fraises, prune, avec une touche florale et de pomme. Le boisé est encore imposant et masque le fruit en bouche. Difficile de dire si le vin évoluera favorablement. Bu lors d'une verticale 99-01-03-05-07-09 Déception de la soirée pour 6 des 10 dégustateurs
Drank at home alongside anoter of Perrin`s wine Cairanne Peyre Blanche.
Color: deep purple red
Nose: Much more developed than the 2007 I had las year. Plum, red fruits, minerals , milk chocolate and delicate spices.
Palate: Strong milk chocolate on the entry. Red fruits, plum and very delicate spices. AT this point the tannins were completely resolved which gave the wine a feeling of being a little light for a CDR.
Not bad at all but the development is almost completed.....drink up
Coudoulet Retrospective. The 2005 Coudoulet has been one of my past favorites, and I really am enjoying some of the best Chateauneufs from this vintage. This one was somewhere in the middle in our tasting, more modern styled than the 2003 and 2004, but also tasting much younger, not as evolved. Raspberry and black cherry flavors, not as round as I had remembered.
bkack cherry and bramble nose - clear sweet fruit. Earthy rough red fruit, tannic and acidic giving a raw vibrant feel, sweet finish. Very good now with strong meat, more mellow and developed in a few years. Very good Coudoulet
Amazing wine for the price and very consistent notes over the past 4-5 bottles. Continues to integrate and gain complexity. Drinking terrific right now with a broad palate of dark fruits, herbs, meat, smoke, licorice and spice. Great balance and a smooth, rich texture. Nothing not to like about this beauty. 91+
This has been a bit of a variable wine for me but this bottle was bordering on stunning. I don't know if it's in a really good place right now or just a good bottle but this wine was initially a bit grapey on opening but quite soft. It then opened up into a really delicious mix of dark red fruits and dusty gravel. The mouthfeel is extremely luxurious and the wine is balanced and cohesive.
Popped and poured. Initial Southern Rhone funk on the nose, which I love. Very rich layered nose of sweet bacon, white pepper, red licorice and floral notes. Very CdP like. Blind tasting would have fooled me. Everything in balance on the palate, fruit, oak, acidity and tannins. This is a special CdR. It was always outside of my price point for CdR but I was wrong! This is worth it.
Bit of a stunner this for the price ~ £15. Savoury richness to it with gravelly notes and a bit of licorice. Complex with well judged oak that's nicely beginning to integrate. Holds up well throughout the hours drunk, think this has a few more years yet to get better, but drinking very nicely now.
beautiful mix of cherries and provencal herbs on the nose, kirsch as well; medium to full bodied for a CdR; nice and very smooth on the palate , no hard edges; could easily be mistaken for a very good CNdP, a real pleasure. great value!
Dark garnet. Initially funky, reductive nose. After prolonged aeration it reveals sweet kirsch liqueur, barnyard, herbs and violets. Mid-full bodied with sweetness, velvety tannins, very rich fruit and balancing acidity. Long finish. Very Chateauneuf du Pape like. A pleasure to drink now.
Nice violet and garrigue nose. Starting to develop of bit of the CDP funk. Minerality, lots of red fruit. Medium to long finish. Would think this is a top flight CDP. Very balanced. I think this will continue to develop. Great bottle of wine!
Violets in nose, hints of herbs and fresh smells. Love the nose on this one. Still a bit tannic and will benfit from a few more years in bottle, but drinks very nicely now. If you open it this year or next, let it breathe at least an hour or two - you'll be well served by your patience. Super with lamb chps, as ever.
Sweet nose. Meaty. Tannins already rather soft making this rather approachable. I didn't detect the unmistakable funky Beaucastel aroma which is a shame, I think, but which I'm sure some would appreciate. This was an excellent match with the ox tongue and cheeks in a very rich reduction. Certainly not your average Cotes du Rhone. Very good.
Way better than my prior experience nearly two years ago. Very fragrant upon initial pour. Classic southern Rhone nose, herbs, tar, and plums (in this case). The tannins are nicely integrated, and the wine seems to have great balance. My estimation is that this wine is near its peak, but won't start heading down hill anytime soon.
First try of this in half bottle format. Still looking youthful with a pink/purple hue - very dark in the glass. Bouquet is not very yielding but pepper, spice, leather, cigar box, black fruit and damp woodland flavours present. Pretty integrated on the palate, tannins starting to settle (still some green stem present) with a nice weight and a reasonable length. A good Coudoulet - but lacks the weight and complexity of top notch CNDP. OK now but will develop and get better over the next few years.
We organized a blind tasting for syrah and blends. Out of 6 wines this one was my favourite. Coudoulet is full of spices, but not too big or over-oaked like many others. A real text-book cotes du rhone. I think this is way better than many Chat.du Papes.
One of my favorite CdR's, but today I made the mistake of opening it next to a 1998 Beaucastel CdP, next to which, it failed to shine. It stilled showed the usual dark fruit and garrigue, but by comparison was abit dilute and lacking in complexity. But its still one of my favorites and seems to be in a a good drinking window right now.
Fairly dark with a hint of brown at the rim. Whole berries and chocolate on the nose make you expect pretty fruity, ripe wine, but this is not the case. Rich but not sweet with serious savory fruit and brown spice. Entirely clean-only a bit of herb, not brett, complements the fruit. This speaks much more of Mourvedre than Grenache. Some tannin but not enough to interfere with the pleasure in the glass right now. I can see the resemblance to the patriarch/matriarch of the stable, but this is like a fast forward version of the Beaucastel in how open it is now. An excellent Coudoulet.
Much more open than the bottle I had over a year and a half ago. Aromas of fruit and dust rising up from trampled stones. Some dark cherry syrup a hint of cranberry and a bit of herbs and meat, with a healthy dose of pepper.
Downtown Dan Beats Cancer! (Konte's): Evolving beautifully. Tried alongside '06 and '07 and all are completely different animals. This showed a great roasted game meat quality, olives, slight earthy funk alongside kirsch, toast, and spice. While richer than the '06 and slightly lighter than '07, obviously a more evolved bottle.
This may improve with more time, but it is certainly ready now. It is a complex mix of flavors of black cherry and darker fruits with meat and herbal notes. Not overly rich or overpowering it is broadly flavored with a medium to full, smooth body, no hard edges and a long, spicy, fruity finish. This is quite nice and a great QPR.
Decanted for about 1 1/2 hours in a Riedel Duck. Blackberry, garrigue, licorice and soft, well integrated dusty tannins on the finish. This seams to be fully mature and drinking very well right now. This is a very well made baby Beaucastel. The Perrin 's seem to take as much care with their cotes du rhone as they do with their CDP. A very good qpr.
Picked up some additional depth and peppery notes on day two. Changed my score to 90.
Dark red purple, medium dark red mineral red dark fruit nose with a little etoh , good integration, acid and balance. A good quaff with some statement of place but its knows it place too and so is less expressive than its big brother.
Quite expressive nose with plenty of depth. Great notes of black cherry, anise, and herbs. Palate has nice acidity and firm tannic grip, though approachable and pleasant. Lots of dark fruits, herb du provance, kirsch, and leather. Medium finish of smoke, mineral and loads of earth and herbal spiciness. Really great balance and poise, with loves spice and balanced fruit notes. Fantastic QPR.
The last time I had this (July 2009) it was completely shut down. But tonight, this is open for business. It takes about two hours before the bouquet integrates but it's a very expressive one when it gets to it. I'm struck by the heady perfume (truly enchanting), the initial red berry aromas (raspberries) are complemented with black cherries, blackberries, spices, licorice and an underlying iron grip. Lovely nose. (When the wine was closed previously, it's that iron grip that overwhelmed everything else.) On palate, the wine has a certain silkiness with dark cherries, meat juice, extracted without being aggressive, the tannins are well restrained or at least integrated in the mineral assertiveness of the wine. The wine needs to fill in a bit more and there seems to be enough there to allow for that development. Punches well above its CdR status and plenty of time ahead.
beautiful mix of cherries and provencal herbs on the nose, medium to full bodied for a CdR; nice and smooth on the palate , no harsh edges; could easily be mistaken for a very good CNdP, a real pleasure .
Ken and Kelly over for dinner II (Ann's, Avondale, PA): Tasted blind: Ripe cherries and berries with a little bit of spice. A faint bit of honey on the nose. Very nice and pretty easily identifiable as a southern rhone. Because of the ripeness I guessed 07 and was surprised it was an 05. The tannins were very fine and silky and not all that prominent. I thought the tannins would have been stronger for this vintage. I really like the Coudoulet's and think it is a great deal when available in the low $20's. This was fun and tasty.
7.5/10 - Deep red berry flavours with hints of minerals and herbs. Medium bodied. Not too complex, but a nice and balanced wine. Tannins slightly rough around the edges but does not detract from drinking pleasure and will soften with time. Good QPR wine.
Quite tart and closed on the pop and pour but opened up nicely after about 4 hours open in the bottle. The nose is a really well balanced blend of dark fruit and spice. On the palate, it's a bit less unctuous than the nose suggests but not thin. Good flavors of dusty dark and red fruit with a tart note on the finish. More polished and refined than most CdR.
Dark ruby to the edge. Nose is quite reticent but opens up to black fruits creamy, hints of vanilla. The flavour is blackberry, some spice, cooked plums, quite full bodied and rich with a pleasant, slightly bitter finish. Very good.
Took a couple of hours to open up but once it did, was showing an aromatic nose of plum, black cherry, herbs, and iron. Palate was crisp with good acidity, fine tannins in the background, a fantastic cherry note with a little blackberry, tobacco and kirsch. lengthy finish with thyme, herbs, blood and a wet stone note that really hangs on the palate. This continues to impress for the price, just fantastic value. Has plenty of life ahead of it.
Just now starting to lift its dress. Multiple layers of black cherry, licorice, spice, herbs, and meat. Medium weight with a velvety mouthfeel, terrific balance and a nice medium finish. Another outstanding bottle.
Light bodied and simple but just what I wanted with some grilled fish I planned to order at our local Greek restaurant. I will hold my remaining bottle and hope that it develops some complexity. Right now it is easy drinking.
This has closed down somewhat from when I first tried it almost two years ago. Beautiful nose, and the mourvedre is more dominant wheras before it was the grenache that was most obvious. Doesn't quite have the richness and fruit from before, and nothing else has really emerged. I'd hold this for a couple years for a better experience. 89 tonight, but this is a 90-92 point wine.
Ça faisait un bail que je n’avais pas goûté le Coudoulet et je le retrouve trônant encore presqu’insolemment au sommet de la simple appellation Côte du Rhône, avec quelques autres ténors.
Le nez expressif montre des aromes de cerises noires et de mûres, avec de la viande grillée (charcoal), du cuir et un profil épicé classique.
La bouche est charnue, assez tannique, avec un coté animal où le mourvèdre semble jouer un rôle important. C’est un vin puissant à l’image du millésime, un brin rustique mais bien équilibré, le fruit est pur et d’une belle fraicheur. La finale est assez complexe et longue, sur la garrigue et le tabac, avec encore de la cerise, de la réglisse rouge. Une qualité irréprochable pour un prix pleinement mérité.
Un très beau Coudoulet que j’aurais tendance à garder quelques années en cave. 90 pts
Opened and served right away. On the nose, red fruits with slight barnyard notes. Flavours of sour cherries. Easy drinking. Medium body, medium to high tannins. A bit too sour at this stage. Hold. Good. 86+
FLAWED BOTTLE. Popped and poured. Unlike several prior bottles, this wine was tight and tart on opening. Unripe red berry flavors with some wood, vegetal notes and a rough, acidic finish. Out of balance with sharp edges. Hard to believe it is the same wine that I have had previously.
Normally I hold Coudoulet for longer, but thanks to the CTers that have been so positive I pulled one last night. PnP. Terrific nose of earth, red berries and fruits, and spice. Velvety, but very bright palate of enticing, almost rich fruit, mineral, acidity and tame tannins. Super with dinner.
excellent, velvety, lots of red and dark fruit, medium body; ready for drinking. this bottle was drunk at 14/15 degrees celsius; recently I have tried these wines (and e.g. bandol wines from Tempier) in combination with seafood instead of red meat like rack of lamb. we enjoyed it greatly, a new experience.
Had this tonight with a simple dinner of grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, and salad. Simple wine for a simple dinner made for a great match. This is liquid licorice and crushed berries. Some dried fruit, herbs, and spice. Very nice freshness and medium body. Not an overly complex wine, but a very enjoyable and flavorful experience that's drinking nicely right now with a youthful fruit exuberance. Can be held for a few years, but I personally think this is drinking absolutely perfectly right now.
Open for about 3 hours. Mmm black cherries and soft florals on the nose. Not a huge nose, but pretty nice. Nice semi-thick mouthfeel. I am getting subtle dark chocolate, overripe cherries, acids with pepper a bit later on. Nice long finish. Still quite tannic. I would say it is drinking nicely now and should be good for a while.
More on the nose than my first bottle last August. A really nicely balanced nose of red and black fruit, spice and even some floral scents. The palate is still loaded with vibrant, tart cherry fruit with notes of earth. Long lingering finish. Delicious flavors but certainly not a fruit bomb. Paired wonderfully with rosemary and garlic roasted pork loin.
My first Coudoulet and decanted for an hour. This is a pretty serious CdR, that wonderfully pairs a pure, red cherry driven fruit along with the great structured backbone of the 05 vintage. Time in the glass brought out elements of spice, black licorice and asphalt, though little in the way of garrigue, which was somewhat suprising, but certainly nothing to complain about. Should provide really solid drinking now and over say the next 3- 5 years, but its certainly ready to go now.$20 at Costco seemed like a good buy at the time, and last nights showing supported this purchase.
Dark purple color. Spicy black fruit aromas. Very integrated, ripe medium-bodied fruit in the mouth with fine subtle tannins and an almost silky mouthfeel. Very juicy and delicious at this time and a great value.
Drank this wine with thick lamb steaks. Had side by side with nice quality California Rhone blend. Wine with typical Southern Rhone aromas. Dark fruit with cinnamon, with subtle cedar nose. Wonderful texture, almost port like, with long finish. Better than most ChDP.
Solid dark crimson color. This is getting better the longer its open. Very closed initially: tart cherries, oak. Day 2: mushroom, mint, some heat, baked bread all in a nice balance with sharp acidity. Should double decant next time.
This bottle was not on par with the previous one. The nose was nice and deep, meat, baked dark fruit and some tree bark. The palate was a bit disjointed with cherries and earthiness and spicy finish. After 2 hours of air integration was much better and this turned into a smooth, juicy rhone wine that I tend to like. Some mild heat could be detected. It was very good after a long decant but right out of the bottle and on the next day it was not that enjoyable. Bottle variations? I'll save the next bottle for a year longer to see if it integrates better.
Popped & poured in EWR. Delicious funky Mourvedre mouthful. Lots of intensity, with a lovely silky mouthfeel. Really full bodied for a CdR, with blackberries. roadtar & brambles. Quite sweet with the structure completely buried under all that fruit. Very good.
Correct bouquet for a CdR of this age. Decent aromatics, and mid-palate. The wine is well-made with balance. The wine overall is a bit austure, and not very fruit forward. The finish is a bit on the short side. This might improve a bit with 2-3 of cellaring and produce a more integrated wine. Would be good to compare with other vintages. Overall, this is a good pasta paring wine.
Best CdR I've ever had...by a landslide. It's way too acidic and tight on day 1. On day two, after being open for about 24 hours, this has come together nicely. Mini CdP nose of kirsch, grilled herbs, and tar. On the palate, this is clearly not a CdP as it lacks the density of fruit and sweetness of tannins that I usually find in CdP. That said, it's got red fruit, red licorice, leather, and a little bit of brett (in a good way). Shows some stemminess, which I like, so I wonder if there's any whole cluster in this. Finishes well. Should age nicely for at least 5 years. I'm not sure I'd let it ride any longer than that because I'm not convinced there's enough fruit to balance out the tannins and acid.
Just a kickin' wine. Again it comes out swinging with ripe dark cherry and blue fruits amidst a spicy, peppery palate. Expansive and palate coating, yet nimble with youth. Bursts and blasts. Just a pleasure at $20 something, with years ahead. If I can just keep my paws off for a bit.
HOLY CR*P!! -- best $20-$25 of wine in a long time -- maybe ever. I have had the 89, 90, 98 and now 2005 vintages of Coudoulet -- and thought I knew what to expect -- but the 2005 was better than any previous vintage. It needs just a few minutes of air and then reveals a great nose of blackberry, leather, mineral and bramble -- everything you want in a Cotes-du-Rhone. Nose is just slightly subtle, but not really muted (my wife thought it was a bit musty -- but I love just a bit of mustiness/funk in my Rhones). Medium bodied and with a slightly acidic edge at first -- it has terrific balance and a smooth almost silky mouthfeel after about 30-60 minutes. The palate reveals black and red fruit, but it is the secondary components of garrigue, meat, tar, smoked herbs, spice and wood that made this wine come alive. Medium length, just slightly acidic, but soft finish. This has an acidic edge that adds vibrancy. Perhaps this will improve with age, but I love where it is right now. An outstanding baby Beaucastle. (I like it so much I opened another bottle just to see if the second bottle was like the first -- and it was.)
Decanted for three hours and took to a dinner party 1 of three wines I took. WOW!! Fantastic tones of fruit and first taste. Good finish, I thought it might be a to young to try but it was fantastic, a crowd pleaser... I will hold this wine a couple more years in hold it will get even better...
Not much nose upon first pour. It really had to sit in the glass for a while before it unclenched its grip on the plummy fruit, garrigue and a little tar (more noticeable in the glass than the mouth). Medium weight and still quite tannic. Still too early to enjoy fully, but a great, classic southern Rhone.
Takes a little while in the glass to open up. Nose of sour black cherry, and wet stone, with some hints of blackberry, mocha, leather and spice. Palate with bright acidity, smooth tannins, quite balanced. Some sour cherry up front, hint of raspberry, giving way to medium (20sec) finish with mineral, tobacco, and herbs. Nicely balanced wine of medium body that really shows considerable wine making. Quite enjoyable,, may even improve over the next decade.
leather, cherries, tobacco, anise, and herbs on the nose. full bodies palate with sour cherries and damp basement. sour cherries and anise linger on the finish and tannins are most apparent here. good for under $20.
Dark red to purple in color, having aromas of wet cardboard and black raspberry, with a hint of thyme. An inviting palate of licorice, smoke, leather, and spice, become expansive on the close. Some tannins are present, but not unbalanced, showing a clean, lasting finish. A pleasing baby Beaucastel.
Second try this year, but much better than just after arrival. The bouquet is locked. Some herbs are noticeable. In the mouth the wine is spicy and with a firm dose of sticky tannin. White pepper as well, especially in the finish. This wine is still much too young but in much better harmony than the first bottle I drank. Not giving itself at the moment, so the score is quite low. Probably a better score in 3+ years from now.
Color is rich reddish-purple, slightly purfumed smoky dark fruits on the nose, with some raw meat and a touch of sweet black licorice. There is good bodyfeel, somewhat silky, great dark fruits on the nose, some toasted cedar or oak, nice acid, decently long finish, and fantastic with food. I'm going to seek out more if I can get them at this price ($19 at Costco).
TN: Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2005 Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge; 14 pabv; Sté Fermière des Vignobeles Pierre Perrin; Chateau de Beaucastel Courthezon (Vsa) France; Vineyard Brands; Birmingham, AL. $33/750 ml Beacon Wine and Spirits. The secondary label says this wine is the 'Second Label' of Chateau de Beaucastel; a debatable point, although we know that often some wines from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape properties of Perrin end up in this blend. This is a mixture of Perrin wine made from the, ahem, 'varietals' Syrah, Granache Rouge, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre, each harvested and vinified separately, "accourding to the second label."
The wine is a deep purple right to the rim with a reflective green hue. The nose is dominated by energetic bacon fat and smoky cherries, outlined by tar, leather, mint, theyme, and tarragon--a neatly integrated melange of garrigue, fruit, and all the scents we expect here. Comes together nicely and with an impression of smoothness, with a powerful mouthful of the expected flavors here which are very nice with the Coleman dry-aged New York Strip we picked up at Dorothy Lane Market in Washington Square, Dayton, Ohio. Some who like to say so would note that the flavors are dominated by dark chocolate; again; a matter of taste.
Great for drinking right now but will not be harmed by two or three more years of cellar age.
Decanted ~ 1 hour, consumed over the following 3. Dark ruby colour, almost opaque at the core. Pretty aromas of raspberry, kirsch, strawberry, garrigue, plum, and mineral. Medium-bodied with good acidity, showing currant, kirsch, garrigue, plum, and mineral on the palate. Nice length, ~ 30-35s, with more beautiful red fruit and garrigue. Really tasty stuff! Drinking now, but I'm going to (try and) hold my last bottle for a few years as a test, since a relatively recent bottle of 2001 showed well with a few extra years on it.
Lovely spice and complexity, really enjoyable and a bargain as well - Dark red, well concentrated with notes of cherry, plum, spice, earth and vanilla on the nose, complex, well structured and balanced, sweet and smooth on the palate with terrific length, awesome! (92 Points).
Il me semble être un Coudoulet atypique. Nez un peu renfermé...aromatique, mais renfermé. Notes animales et poivrées, de moutarde, et autres nuances qu'il m'est difficile d'identifier. Bouche à dominance tannique, aux notes qui suivent celles du nez, assez longue (environ 15 secondes). Tanins présents, mais assez enrobés. J'ai l'impression que ce vin tiendra la route longtemps. Peut-être sera-t-il à son apogée dans quelques années (3 ou 4 ans), mais il me donne l'impression qu'il se rendra assez loin pour un vin de sa catégorie.
Still very young. Smooth and full of berry fruit, well structured, changed dramatically over the two hours or so we had the bottle open. Definitely try and decant, or better yet, hold onto this one for awhile.
Very nice Cotes Du Rhone! Very tight nose - not revealing much even after 3 hours of decanting. The palate is vibrant, cherry dominated tartness that makes your mouth water for 10-15 seconds. Very tart and grippy for a CdR.
Drank at Mezza9 with Elsa, great pairing with char-grilled tenderloin. Deep purple colour. Classic Southern Rhone nose of dark cherries, blackberries, leather and a touch of meatiness. On the palate, cherry, black pepper, whiffs of bacon and a really nice smokiness that complemented the charred flavours on the crust of the beef. Firm, but slightly powdery tannins and great balancing acid (like so many Rhones from the wonderful 2005 vintage). After time in the glass, the wine took on some richness, showing riper, sweeter cherry flavours, somewhere in between maraschino and cherry-flavoured licorice candy. It may have lacked the incredible richness and concentration of some of the 2005 Southern Rhones that I have tried, but I found this rather elegant, really integrated and drinking very nicely. Rather lacking in length, it finished with a streak of hot stones and a touch of iron that dropped of rather short and abruptly. However, overall a really enjoyable wine (even though I knowingly got fleeced for it!)
Opened and drank shortly after the bottle arrived from France. That might explain why the wine seemed to lack harmony and was quite disappointing altogether. I’ll score it anyway because I have 11 bottles left and I would like to see how the rest turns out to be.
Medium to dark purple...with a nose showing firm rounded and just a tad pungent dark berries with some spice backing. A little austere on the palate at first, never really opened up fully over several hours, but there was a med to firm grip that was framed quite well. Overall I expected a little more and felt this may have been shut down some.
Nice nose, initially some slight funk but later it cleared into clove and candied sour cherry. Juicy body with sour cherries and slight underbrush with spicy mid palate and finish, lots of acidity and some tannins. Medium long finish, very tasty . It gets more body with decanting. Second day more candied cherry and only slight earthiness. Nice but I expected more complexity. Opened up with several hours in a glass, more raspberries and licorice and stronger acidity and tannic finish. Will age the remaining bottles a year or two. Nice wine.
After having a delicious and mature '00, I decided to pull an '05 to see what all the fuss is about!! (as per colleagues). The aromatics are gorgeous. The mourvedre takes the spotlight on the aromatics. Nice and heady with cherry bubble gum-like tones. Kirsch, firm tannins, light earth, and some spice show on the palate. As this opens, the aromatics are more intense and the palate starts to soften a bit. I think this will evolve in to a beauty. 88+
Deep red color. The nose is nice but a little tight at the moment. It does give off some raspberry, leather, and spices though. On the palate, the wine shows nice weight and good balance though a little disjointed at this time. First the acidity, then some sweet fruits, then firm tannins. Not surprising at this very young stage. A strong showing for Coudoulet. This will be spectacular in a few years. 50 + 5 + 11 + 15 + 9
a special bottle of wine. no decant. nose of kirsch, bright berry, and shale. less "grenache-y" than some of the recent cotes-du-rhone i've had recently. a bit more dark fruit, earth, and minerality. impeccable balance. the wine had a robust midpalate and nicely integrated acidity and mild tannin on the finish. seamless. i would enjoy this again.
Des rendements d'environ 30hl/ha issus de vieilles vignes de 50 ans des treize cépages autorisés sur l'aire d'appellation. Lla grande proportion de Mourvèdre (30%) présente dans la cuvée finale. L'autre cépage principal, le Grenache, donne au Coudoulet sa rondeur et son fruit intense, typiques des Côtes du Rhône. Syrah et Cinsault qui représentent chacun 20% de l'assemblage,
La robe rubis de belle intensité avec des nuances allant du violet vers un ton plus pivoine sur le bord du verre. Le vin semble n'avoir subi aucune évolution. La robe est brillante voire éclatante. Le vin est opaque par sa densité colorante dans le verre.
Nez, le vin semble aérien et léger avec une trame aromatique fruitée superbe. Nous lui avons trouvé des notes de cerises, de cassis, de mûres et de framboises. Les fruits nous apparaissent frais et ensoleillés au premier nez et offrent une trame plus mûre, sur des notes de coulis avec l'aération. L'ensemble est gourmant, avenant et harmonieux.
Bouche, la finesse fruitée du nez, fait place à une matière ronde et veloutée avec quelques flaveurs toastées de pain fraîchement cuit. Etonnant et superbement agréable. En milieu de bouche on reconnaît les notes de fruits noirs et rouges que nous avions au nez, pour terminer sur des tanins de peaux de raisins très fins ainsi qu'une note de réglisse et de menthe poivrée en finale.
purple rim, not very deep color; at first the nose did not offer much, but after about 30/45 minutes this changed. Kirsch and different cherrie-like primary fruit aroma's jumped out of our Riedel (Syrah) glasses and continued to develop; on the palate the wine tastes very smooth, almost like silk; the aftertaste left the palate "as clean as a whistle" ; no hard edges anywhere. This does not mean that this is a light wine, the 14% alcohol is very well integrated. Different primary fruit impressions make you to hold your nose inside the glass, but don't forget to enjoy the drink as it tastes so smooth and fresh. wish this to be our "everday house wine".....; should be drunk -at this young stage of its development- at about 15/16 degrees celsius. simply delicious because of its pure fruit end silky impression; very well made.