Fathers day 2015 and time to open a couple of cellar treasures . . . .
Color: light ruby -> diffuse fully garnet rim. Absolutely fully mature wine displaying an intense and enticing nose of smoke, farmyard garrigue, saddle leather and roasted/grilled cherries and beef . The palate is distinctly lighter than the nose and has a gorgeous elegant femininity. No longer a powerhouse palate, this has moved into a delicious, poised, thoughtful phase. A wine you really just want to sit and contemplate by itself. Don't distract your palate with accompanying food . . . just drink this by itself -- it's that good. While I think this may have been a bit better (?) a couple of years ago, it's still stunning and a testament to how good old Beaucastel can be; only the '89 comes close to this. So, SO worth searching out in magnum if you could find one!
Deep almost inky purple still--would have said a few years old. Wonderfully fresh aromas of dark fruit, roast meat, earth, and smoke. Terrific palate coverage and length with some spicy flavors-- maybe anise and pepper. No fading in the glass during dinner. Distinctive and remarkable--what a treat.
This wine borders on greatness and one of the best Beaucastels I have drank. Third time for this vintage and it has never disappointed. You know you are drinking an old wine with plenty of complexity, but still one with a decent amount of freshness and fruit.
I don't really know how to rate this because I don't normally drink wine this old. There was a musty, meaty odor that a few of us couldn't get past. On the palate there was some fruit and acidity...not at all dead. Just a tad funky. Not enough body to make it all that interesting.
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(Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape) was another left turn, but more slight of a turn. It had a mild nose by comparison to the Burgundies yet also had some Burgundian edges to its fruit. Aromas of meat, red fruits, leather, earth and leather slinked out, along with bits of sap, soy, oil and rust. The palate was very hearty with lots of acidity and nice, medium-bright red fruit with autumnal edges, earth and light grit to its finish
(Chateau de Beaucastel) had an open nose with a mesquite edge and a fields of wheat thing, with great earth and leather. It had a good stink like&like&no comment, and a worstechire (someone teach me how to spell that please) splash. The palate was still intense despite some age with an older, gamy, earthy Provencal palate, and Chateauneuf was suspected by many. Flavors were a bit dirty, and there was still a boatload of alcohol on the palate.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A richly coloured mahogany wine, impressive after the 1991. On the nose, complex secondary aromas of rubber and leather armchairs. There are gamy, animalistic notes, with marmite and an organic, grainy, animal-feed, yeast extract aroma. Quite full on entry, with more gamy, animal-like flavours and lovely red fruits. There are soft, integrated tannins, with perfectly correct acidity and a full, rich texture. Good balance has seen this wine through, and it finishes very well with a slightly peppery length.
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