Disappointing and this bottle past its best. Brick coloured with tinge of garnet, pale but clear and no tears formed. Pepper and raisens on the nose and palate. Dry, medium bodied and tart and no length. Acidic when swilled in mouth. Better without air!
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(Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône) As might be expected in a wine from this heat-baked vintage this wine has a very dark hue, deep and brooding, although it is by no means opaque. The nose has some brawny cherry fruit, with aromas of meat, animal fur and smouldering, smoky charcoal. It certainly has appeal, and its resemblance to Châteauneuf and Beaucastel's grand vin is obvious. It has lots of fat and fleshy substance at the start, before a creamy but nicely poised midpalate. There is a lot of everything going on here, ripe and furry fruit, liquorice, tar and more, cut through by firmly tannic backbone and bright although rich fruit flavour. The acidity takes a back seat here, the structure coming more from the tannic grip, perhaps unsurprisingly. Nevertheless this is certainly good wine, with some short-term potential for the cellar, although this is drinking so well now that I don't think I would leave this as long as some vintages of Coudoulet.
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