From a friends cellar: garnet with really no browning. Musty Beaucastel nose initially, evolving into an earthy, round and delicious nose and taste. I thought rather than fade in the glass it gained weight. Drink up.
Dinner for 30 year olds (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand): Always a brilliant wine - one which never went into a hole or a funk, throughout its three decades of existence. Round and generous to begin with, this has developed a profound sense of transparency, while retaining a plush texture. Refined tree bark aromas intermingle with soft, worn leather and undergrowth. The palate is so poised. This has a superb texture. This has been, and continues to be the better wine than the 1990, in my opinion, as great as that wine is.... No hurry to drink in a cold cellar....
Beautiful classic beaucastel nose with a bit more fig and port than I am used to. Surprisingly light on the palate with acidity that makes this excellent with food. Balance galore and reminds you why you love good wine. Amen.
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(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking medium dark red violet color; a little stewy, roasted plum, anise, oak, garrigue nose; mature, roasted fruit, garrigue, anise palate, a rather chunky version of the '85 Beau; medium-plus finish
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Slightly bricking medium red color with pale meniscus; mature, beef gravy, lamb gravy nose; mature, but solid, tart cherry, tart red fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color with clear meniscus; leather, tobacco, touch of barnyard, garrigue nose; tasty, youthful, garrigue, cherry, tobacco, mineral, licorice palate; medium-plus finish (group's WOTF)
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Only just the palest wine of the flight, with a red-mahogany hue. Despite this, again the nose is loaded with lush, leafy fruit. There are nuances of ink, game and rubber. Nevertheless the fruit is fading from the palate, which has more gamy and leathery secondary characteristics. A nicely structured wine, with a velvety texture and correct supporting acidity. The tannins have all but disappeared, just showing a little on the finish, together with a tiny flourish of sweet fruit. Quite a length.
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