Warm, sunny, dusty nose with hot iron, which showed more after some time. Coming and going waves of alcohol, but not disrupting. Palate of sweet ripe red and black fruit and citrus bitters. Citrus acidity. Long. Mature soft wine, medium body, light weight. Not mind blowing, but very elegant and nice wine with personality.
Delicious. This has a really nice balance of maturity. complexity and freshness. Shows a little garnet on the rim. Nose is complex and interesting, garigue, smoke and meat with some blackberry. Fresh, blackberry and red cherry fruit with juicy acidity and fine tannins. Nice length on the finish. Superior wine, very tasty.
Update: After 72 hours open (in the fridge) this became even more rounded and nuanced. Really nice balance - great value for the tariff. Upgrading to 92 points.
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I've been trying to source this wine for quite a while and it's become something of a thorn in my side - we always have a lot of requests for it but the 2006 (for some unknown reason) has been very difficult to get in the US. I finally found a perfect parcel last week so here you go (it's already arrived).
Fresh off the WS Top Ten showing, interest in 2006 Beaucastel has been rekindled just in time for the holidays (the 2006 Coudoulet as well). The vintage was very kind to Beaucastel and this wine is one of the stronger Coudoulet bottlings yet produced. From across the highway dividing line from the regular property, the Coudoulet is akin to the Rayas Fonsalette cuvee - a distinct property vinified on its own with its own expression (although the Coudoulet basically borders the estate parcel and is a victim of government line drawing - i.e, everything below the highway is Chëteauneuf, everything above the highway is Cotes du Rhone). In 2006, this "Cotes du Rhone" competes very closely with top-tier regular CdP bottlings and the winery now coddles it on par with the Grand Vin (see this link: http://www.beaucastel.com/vins_int.php?langue=en&vin=5).
Considering how successful the Grand Vin was in 2006, this is a fairly safe investment. Impressive for the genre and for the promotion of organic viticultural practices:
This wine has arrived - it will be available for local pick up in 2-3 weeks.
2006 Chateau de Beaucastel "Coudoulet de Beaucastel"
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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