Anybody who is always concerned and nervous about drinking windows (like me), I can tell you that the 85 Beaucastel is drinking very well right now, with no signs of declining. The color was beautiful, resembling a mature red burgundy with its cloudy, red orange composition. The nose was classic Beaucastel, but the finish was silky, clean and long. Blind, I might have even said Burgundy. An excellent example of Beaucastel in my opinion (Red Burgundy lovers go and buy this wine).
Souper chez Christophe Cardonna: Malheureusement, cette bouteille issue d'un millésime précoce ne montrait plus que l'ombre du beau vin que fut le 1985. Il a encore une belle texture ronde et voluptueuse mais montre des signes d'oxydation. Dommage.
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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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