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View From the Cellar


  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18 points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A few years on since my last bottle of this, and certainly showing in a more open, integrated fashion. Once a highly volatile mess (although to be fair that was six years ago) this has now sharpened up into a well honed and nicely defined glass of wine. Still a dark hue, and on the nose very savoury, meaty and yet crunchy, with notes of black olive, face cream and black pepper, with a faint, high-toned edge to it all. It is simply divine. The palate has a moderate flesh, with well balanced structural components lying over the top; well framed and gritty black olive and savoury meats and fresh acidity, all funnelling smoothly down into a polished, linear finish. Great wine; none of the flabby character I found last time, this has come together really well.

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2009, (See more on 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Medium slighty bricking red color with clear meniscus; nice, subtle cherry, berry nose with deeper black cherry notes; tart, a little tight, horseradish, bramble, tart red fruit and ripe plum palate with a touch of pepper; medium finish 92+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/11/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bested by the '95 Marcoux VV in a flight of '95s: dark rust red color with pale edges; redolent tart plum nose with a touch of leather; good rich and deep tart cherry, with iron and plum; medium-plus finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    10/25/2007, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Beaucastel) This was ok but really did not ring my bell. 1995 is a not so thrilling vintage with Rayas towering above everything. Very rustic with some serious austerity on the palate and a burnt-ashen character and loads of red fruit. Acidity was average and the wine came across as boring


  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) This has a good depth of colour, quite dense. On the nose it seems rather hot and smoky, with burnt cherry fruit, with a sweet, liquorice edge. It doesn't have the profound volatility found back in 2004 (I can still smell that wine now). A lovely texture on he palate, firm and structured, precise and grippy. Rather svelte, with sweet cherry notes, and little in the way of depth or complexity. Rounded, concentrated, lots of potential here, but playing a little dumb on this tasting.

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

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Ripe red fruit and horseradish nose; tart red fruit, still very firm tannins; medium-plus finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Dark hue, very little sediment. A very pungent animal fur nose at first, although this characteristic soon yields to allow in other nuances, but it holds on to this animalistic, meaty style. None of the polystyrene cement that dominated when I tasted this in 2004; it never ceases to amaze me how one wine can exhibit such differing aromas as it evolves. Lovely elegant presence on entry, showing a fine weight through the midpalate, with reserved, balanced style. It has the fruit and substance for continued development, and there is some obvious youthful tannin showing at the finish. Great length though, and starting to give lots of pleasure now.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Dom Perignon, 12 Angry Men, Auction Lunch and a Holiday Party, 12/13/2004 93+ points

    (Beaucastel Chateauneuf) a monster wine, full of dark black fruits, light pepper, a touch of garrigue, stones and huge alcohol. Drinking the wine was infanticide, and it had way too much alcohol now; it needs time to widen out or about a week in a decante

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/30/2004, (See more on 87 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 1995 Chateauneuf du Papes Blindtasted: Group's #15, my #16, 180 pts. - reticent nose; light, nondescript, black fruit palate with a hint of pepper; short-medium finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2004, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A dense, rich yet maturing colour. A very unusual nose - an aroma of polystyrene cement which is off-putting to say the least. Iodine and red fruits in the background. Good structure on the palate - although the unusual flavour makes it difficult to drink at present. It has firm tannins and a lovely balance. Needs time to come out of what is hopefully just an awkward phase. A couple more years in the cellar required here.
  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2001, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) As with the 1994, almost opaque. This is more elegant, with none of the caramel or toffee seen in the previous wine, although it still has plump, lush fruit. At first it seems quite approachable on the palate as there is, as the nose suggested, a luxurious texture to the fruit. There are, however, some quite aggressive tannins through the midpalate. Although seeming quite loose-knit at present, this wine has the underlying acidity to balance out all this fruit and tannin.

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