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.
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(Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape) This was a victim of this horrendously hot and dry vintage. Jammy, black and overripe fruit. Some heat showing and just tasted like liquid raisins. That's what happens when you harvest raisins, you get raisin juice. I love Beaucastel but not this year.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Very dark on inspection, and a touch glossy even. Very typical of 2003 on the nose, rather than of Beaucastel, emitting the same roasted confit cherry fruit I have also found in Tuscany and Bordeaux when tasting or drinking this vintage. Notes of black pepper too, perhaps the Syrah showing through? Rich and creamy, perhaps unsurprisingly, with lots of extract, texture and substance. Rather a touch of bitter cherry here, on the edge, but still a broad, mouthfilling, ripe and rich style. Loads of structure. Grippy finish. The palate is very typical of the vintage too, then! I am unsure as to how this one will develop.