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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Lyle Fass
    3/21/2009, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (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.


  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17-18? points

    (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.

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/17/2006, (See more on 93 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Big ripe cherry, hint of licorice, vanilla nose; nice plush entry, sweet ripe fruit, with good sous bois; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    6/16/2006, (See more on 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Sharp nose of pungent plum with floral notes and a hint of something savory; tasty ripe plum and cherry palate; medium tart cherry finish 92+ pts.

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