Medium bodied. Red and black fruit flavours with hints of tea and leather and mediterranean spice. Well balanced with good acidity, good fruit, some elegance and smooth tannins. Was best after about an hour.
Purchased from a private cellar, and otherwise untouched since release. Gorgeous color, very vibrant and dark with little apparent signs of maturity. Ripe, fleshy, and generous on the palate, the sweetness and heft of fruit at the forefront. Some secondary characteristics, but mostly round, ripe fruit. Not tired though a little soft, probably has some evolution left.
1 hour in the decanter did magic. Not profound but an enjoyable food wine. Nose of raspberries with a light kiss of cherries, roast chicken, lavender, terragon. Palate is freshly acidic and tannic and finishes a touch short, however pleasant black tea leaves with touches of orange pekoe turn up the finish which is nice. Ready to drink and will hang in there for a little while yet.
Beautiful nose of Syrah and mourvedre expression, some old grenache. Silky on the palate with enough acidity; very good glass of Cotes du Rhône, or I should say CNdP als it has not much to do with generic CdR. Our last but one bottle , out of two dozen. (Cork in this bottle had small sign of seepage). 3 years ago this wine showed even better. I presume it is going downhill slowly or may be this was a less good example. Still a great pleasure, no heat or alcohol showing through.
Still lots of structure, tannins present but not hard - good acidity needing air to round out a bit. But so nice now. Not sure if it will get better, but doesn't seem like it's anywhere close to going downhill either.
Vinturi-aerate to decanter. Color medium ruby with some bricking, clear, medium body. Bouquet of roasted blackberries, plums, provencal herbs, and iodine. Well-cellared since purchase, I expected this to show more age, but the nose was restrained and surprisingly youthful. On the palate, some richness of red and black seed fruits with roasted tomato, herbs and distinct notes of iron shavings. The power of the fruit is on the mellow side, with soft body, medium acid, and fully integrated tannins. Moderate complexity, and a modest finish of strawberries, tomato, thyme, and mineral. Not much change over 3.5 hours consumption. Overall the aromas and flavors were not as evolved as I anticipated, and yet there were other signs this is fully mature. Based on other notes I don't think this bottle showed as well as the 2000 Coudoulet can, but then again I don't this would have benefited had we waited.
Popped and poured. Dark purple in the glass. Pepper spice with some muted fruit on the nose and a touch of menthol. On the taste, a little more fruit comes through, smooth but finish a bit short. Also a touch of black tea suggesting its a little past its prime but decent weekday drink. Not overly complex but a decent CDR
Showing its age, medium red, translucent with some bricking. Dusty nose, palate of stewed tea, some slightly disjointed acidity. Not unpleasant but still yet to have a Coudoulet that I have found convincing. **
Last bottle noted was a year ago. This wine is still in great nick (as expressed previously). Bright medium light red, just a slight bricking at the rim. Strong notes of liquorice on the nose with some cherries too - demands to be tasted! Lots of herby fruity notes on the palate - the cherries are there, with raspberries too. Acidity is just a little more elevated than the last bottle I tasted, and belies this wines age more than the very slight bricking. I wish I had just a bottle or two more to confirm that this is maybe just on the way down now. What a lot of pleasure this wine has delivered over the years - always a touch of sadness at the final bottle....
Very expressive southern Rhone/mediterranean nose, grenache, kirsch, leather, provencal herbs, simply gorgeous; on the palate the same impression continued, velvety, even full bodied for a coudoulet, no harsh edges, just enough acidity, delicious.
Medium light, bright red, slight bricking. Strong fruity nose, cherries. Bit of barnyard in there too. And something flinty. Great juicy flavour with a medium body and really nicely integrated tannins. This wine is in great nick; and all this on opening... After half an hour the palate is really opening up. Licorice, cherries, raspberries, a bit of thyme, with a meaty roasted nose. This wine wants to be swigged rather than sipped, which is a pity as I won't be able to follow it's development beyond an hour! Worth every penny and quite a bit more since it's release.
Don't usually expect $20 wine to shine after ten years, but this was delightful after an hour or two in the decanter. Maturish nose with distinct cherry and spice notes. Soft and well integrated across the palate with with the alcohol, tannins, and acidity balanced, albeit in the expected modest proportions for this wine. Finish was more alcohol than fruit, but hey, great for a casual meal. 3-4 years left in these.
Really dynamite mature nose with sandlewood, kirsh, leather, iodine, iron and roasted fruit. Palate is smooth, with completely integrated tannin and showing a hint of orange peel, prunes/plums, and thyme. Medium finish of leather and dried fruit,and spices. Palate and finish just can't live up to the nose. A nice drink while showing some mature notes and retaining balance, but seems to be on the way down. Drink up. OK, I totally underestimated this wine. On day 2 I expected it to fade, instead it was delivering an incredibly complex nose of kirsh and spice box that now lingers on a long finish. Bumped 2 points. Delicious mature CdP blend that delivers on all accounts.
explosive and characterful nose: darker, macerated black cherry, and behind this there are notes of minerally stone, flowers, alongside animally elements. Rich and yet well defined on entry, with creamy substance but fresh acids and good balance, this wine is on its maturity.
Did I rate this wine 93? Yes, so much better and more complex than any previous bottle of Coudoulet, that I continued to check the label whether I had taken one of the Beaucastel bottles instead. Very expressive southern Rhone/mediterranean nose, grenache, kirsch, leather, provencal herbs, simply gorgeous; other bottles of the s same and other vintages didn't live up to this one; on the palate the same impression continued, velvety, even full bodied for a coudoulet, no harsh edges, just enough acidity, delicious. a sort of "Cuvee hommage a Jacques- perrin"-experience among coudoulet botles. Hm, what to do with the remaining bottles? should one treasure them a bit longer, no I guess they are best consumed. This bottle was popped and poured, instead of being given the usual decanter treatment..
No particular decant. Extremely smooth and very lush mouthfeel with licorice, raspberry and blackberry. garrigue and thyme. Reminiscent of a Musar on the nose, very aromatic. Not quite bright enough to be fully in balance and to warrant a higher score but very characterful.
very quick decant -this is a beauty at a great point of it's evo -Dark fruit mostly black; there is nuances of smokey roasted meat Tapanade Lilac & Garigue, smooth & lush with just enough acidity to make it mouth watering. A great wine so sip in big gulps to wash down Susan's home made pizza in Frisco.
This is ready know, as the evening progressed, this wine got better and better. It is smooth with medium finish of plum and dark fruit with hints of blackberry on the palate. A good bottle for the price I paid a few years ago.
This wine is at a mid-point. It is clearly past the lushness of its youth, but is neither resolved in texture nor mature in tertiary qualities and still has many years to go. One might think that the dry mouthfeel and smooth tannin suggest a wine that's old, but I submit that it's just getting started, that it is just the base on which the wine will ride years longer and develop more nuance and complexity. There is an inner core of sweet red fruit that emerges at about three hours of air. On the second night, no degradation or oxidation at all, with the palate showing more fig paste and dates than red fruit. Comparing this to the 2000 Beaucastel, they are quite different. The 2000 Beau is more black and purple fruited, while this Coudoulet is more red then brown. The 2000 Beau is primary, chunky still. This Coudoulet is maturing, but is far from mature. This little Coudoulet was certainly a good wine in its own right.
I can't wildly excited about this though, unlike some, I rather like the finishing acidity in this wine. The Beau CDP could use some of it. The wine has all of the predictable rhone/cdp features on the nose: bramble, guarrigue, some slightly roasted notes, leather and a little brett (though thankfully, no excessive), all rounding into a plummy candied dark fruit whole. On the palate, somewhat clipped middle weight flavors of dried fig and plum merging very quickly into a streak of fairly broad acidity. What I don't like is the insistent end note of green bitterness (overextraction?). That, to me, is why this won't evolve much from beyond where it is, or rather, will become disagreeable beyond the next three or four years. I would add, that while I don't expect Rayas, for the price I do expect a little bit more length than standart CDR. This has the complexity, but not the length. As for where it is going, I have enough to find out, but I'm going to be breaking mine out for the unsuspecting guests who don't know any better.
Tasted side by side with a Tablas Creek "Beaucastel" also from 2000. This won hands down. While not as dark or intense in colour, this showed a similar maturity with only a little garnet on the rim. Nose was much more rhone like - cherry, blackberry fruit but also dried brush and herbs, tinge of anise and pepper. Dry, medium bodied red cherry and raspberry fruit, nice balance with a long pretty complex finish. Overall pretty tasty.
Addendum - with additional air, this actually got better - gained more depth, very smooth, very well balanced - upgrade to a 90.
earthy nose with smoke, sawdust and plumb. very tight initially with wound fruit and tannins. nice velvety attack with plumb and cherry. a little flabby but with a nice finish of maple, and cherry. very nice QPR (no wonder being the vines are across a dirt road from the CDP vines)
Firm rich purple color and a nose of ripe dark plums, light licorice notes, and a sense of wandering animal earthiness. Not a strong entry, but it accelerated at mid palate showing a very resolved and firm fruit grip, that pretty much overwhelmed the structure surrounding it. Left me wanting for a little framework to balance the fruit...
With Pamela & Yolanda and Jen & Tash in Princeton, NJ: Our first bottle of the evening. Opened to show nice fruit, pepper and earth notes. Although I think this (still) might drink better in a year: wasn't as open as I had expected.
No notes taken. These are showing very well right now. The nose features grilled meat, black fruit, lilac, garrigue, iron and pepper. The taste shows dark fruit and mineral. Well balanced. Good flavor concentration. Great finish. An excellent bottle of wine for the money.
Popped and poured. Concentrated raspberries, garrigue, and black pepper. Nice Mourvedre earthy funk. Initially more stern and closed than I expected; took about an hour to open up. Lives up to its billing as a baby Beaucastel, and a terrific QPR at $17.
After receiving the gorgeous '05's, I decided to pull one of these for a prix fixe menu. Awesome aromatics. Garrigue, spice, game, and truffle. Little hints of wild berries for fruit along with some cherry. The palate is surprisingly still structured to last a few more years. Medium body, full of exotic spices, with plenty of earthiness, minerals, and a long finish. Drinks like a maturing CdP of decent quality, but for half the price. Beautiful. Paired with a five spiced lamb rack.
The best bottle of this yet, with a nicely complex nose of red and black fruits, herbs and earth. Smoothe, with a lingering finish. Drinking very well; although it will last for years, I'd say no reason to wait much longer to drink, likely nearing peak.
very expressive southern Rhone/mediterranean nose, delicious; the taste however didn't live up to the expectations. I found the acidity too high, a bit sharp. I liked this wine on previous occasions, but now there was a kind of disturbed balance between smell (rated 90+) and taste (rated 85). still a nice wine. ready for drinking.
This wine is in a really good place right now. Drinking very nice. The nose is open and expressive with dark fruits, fur, garrigue, and earth. Complex and interesting. The palate has well integrated tannins, good weight and acidity. Nice finish with some pepper. A couple glasses saved for the next day were just as good as the first day. I don't know if this will improve with additional cellaring but it will certainly evolve and drink well over the next 5 years or so. 50 + 4 + 11 + 16 + 8
Purple/red color. Slightly cloudy. Awesome nose featuring wild animal, black fruit, lilac, garrigue, iron and pepper. The taste is equally good featuring dark fruit and mineral. Well balanced. Good flavor concentration. Great finish. I had to go check the bottle to make sure I didn't accidentally pull a 2000 Beaucastel. This is probably drinking at peak. Excellent.
OK scent, but violently unpleasant green bell pepper taste, almost like vomiting up a stomach-full of green capsicum. NOT my wine, only made palatable by goats cheese. 84P for leaving an unforgettable impression.
medium dark colour, developing nose, typical Coudoulet, medium body, attractive, a bit "dry", fully mature but will hold up a few more years. (with steak "a point", tagliatelle and pesto, parmesan cheese, salad "caprese")
Ruby red color with a slight lightening towards orange at the rim. The nose offers a healthy dose of garrigue complimented by pepper, crushed stones, and saddle leather. In the mouth it is very concentrated, and has a strong minerality coupled with black fruit, licorice, and cherry liquor. Well balanced. Tannins are well integrated, and the finish is very nice. I have been buying these since 1995, and this is one of the best Coudoulet de Beaucastel I have had.
Dark hued purplish color with a dark cherry tint on the edge...strong earthy aroma upon opening with some rich dark fruit brooding in the background. The fruit became more dominant with time. Clean entry, with a crisp edge. Not overwhelming, but steady and full with a hint of spice and a little bite of pepper...a lot of subtle things going on that leads me to think that this may develop into something more with time, and I think it still has a little time on the clock left in it.
Served this with a mild, meat and bean chili enjoyed while putting up the Christmas Tree. Aroma was fruity with a hint of funkiness. Flavor was tingly with strong fruit, a hint of petroleum?. Nice moderately long finish with a hint of mint. Very good.
Nice accessible drinker with sweet aromas of cherries and earth. This medium bodied wine has a detectable mouverde component on the midpalate and a sweet finish. It has softened up since I last tasted it but I can see it getting even better over the next couple of years. A great value at at $20.
QPR tasting #1 (Frankfurt): Unfortunately the bottle was slightly corked - after a while in the decanter it almost completely disappeared though, and the wine was very drinkable. However I am afraid some of the fruit might have faded away due to this. For a very nice expression of grenache, I would say old vines due to the very strong cherries aromas. Not as funky as I would have thought from Beaucastel. Delicious nonetheless, that's probably the bottle we drank the quickest in the whole evening. Regarding the price, I would say this is a bit expensive for what it is and I had the impression to pay a bit for the name - however this is based on an assessment of the wine as it is now - since it clearly has enough structure to age nicely, it might turn out to be much better in a couple of years, and then deserve its price.
The nose has the characteristic Beaucastel funk - there's a hint of barnyard, some licorice, and a faint whiff of herbs - 'garrigue'? The wine just seemed refined, and subtle, with a tang on the finish. The fruit reminded me of currants, or early berries - sweetness, with a little sour tang - very well balanced. This is a consistently good wine, and one I always enjoy. Very, very French.
Really opened up after about 45 minutes in the decanter to reveal black licorice, red fruit jelly and lavender nose. The palate is full and sweet and echoes the red fruit theme. Twenty-five second finish. This is yummy stuff that will likely benefit from a few years in the cellar, but will be difficult to stay away from.
Light and elegant, and yet impressive - this was an excellent wine. The nose was incredible - very fruit-forward. No barnyard smell, but definitely Beaucastel. It seemed to hold the promise of a delicious, complex wine.
Tasted 4/22/04 at the Rhone tasting at Marimar. Definitely one of my favorites of the night.
Drank at Avalon during dinner with client. Medium ruby colour, surprisingly light on the nose. Really had to swirl it to get much aroma. Fresh, fruity aroma. Detected virtually no tannins. Very smooth and refined. Medium bodied. Seems a little closed at present and perhaps some cellaring will bring out more of everything. Still, I liked it very much but would not yet describe as delicious. Short (5 - 10 second) finish.