Enjoyed this more than previous bottles. Some nice red fruits but also typical Rhone leather and garrigue. Touch of spice and less brett farmyard funk than others (I think you can have too much of a good thing in that respect). Drinking nicely right now but won't last too much longer.
I think the community has underrated this. Good balance, classic C de P flavor profiles and nice finish. Nothing was extreme, just an interesting, properly balanced wine that tastes good over two nights. Also, not over the hill (assuming proper cellering) at all.
Given my previous remarks on this wine, this was a pleasant surprise as there was real Beaucastel funk on the nose and palate here. Very well contained, the red fruit restrained and tightly packed with pepper and spices. In a great spot now.
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(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Lots of colour here, and a complex tertiary nose, showing some Brett. Notes of sticking plaster with a deep, characterful, animalistic trait, and nuances of stony black olive. This has a much more obvious character than on any previous tasting. A nice weight on the palate, filled to the brim with Brett though, and with a sweet, mature, slightly stewed edge to the fruit, and some midpalate roasted meats. Rich for the vintage, rounded, but a little tinny on the finish. And a bit raw here too. Good, but for drinking up soon I think.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A moderate depth of colour, with a very attractive, maturing, ruby red hue. A little volatility at first, very high toned and leathery on the nose, but then giving a more complete array of aromas with appealing depth for what is always regarded as a weak vintage for Châteauneuf du Pape. Leathery, baked red fruit, sweet and mature, with little notes of bacon, the high toned character now part of a very appealing nose rather than sitting awkwardly apart from everything else. Elegant, rounded, complete entry, showing a little leanness and bareness of structure on the palate, but it has a very nice style. There is a little caramelised, sweet edge to the fruit, a quite broad acidic structure, but an appealing, marrowy texture. Impressive for the vintage, and even better than I remember it.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Decanted for one hour. Obviously more mature in colour than my last tasting - a big change from the opaque colour last seen. Initially animal fur nose, then baked fruit, with little highlights of raspberry and strawberry. Starts off a little lean, with slightly prominent acidity, but it changes quite a bit in the glass developing a fairly rich feel, and then that acidity seems entirely appropriate. Sweet, slightly meaty, baked fruit. Just a tweak of tannin towards the finish. Quite fine for a lesser vintage. Ready now but will drink for a decade I think.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Another almost opaque wine. Very young wine. Lots of unintegrated caramel and toffee aromas, with massive, brooding fruit and a touch of coffee. The palate is just gorgeous, with velvety yet powerful fruit. More toffee, coffee and caramel flavours. Balanced components, with tannins surprisingly only showing up on the finish. Peppery length. I could understand people drinking this now, but it really needs a year or two of integration before I will open any of mine.
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