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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 1999, IWC Issue #82, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A mature hue, with a dark and dense core, slowly fading to a dusky cherry rim. The nose has a lot of what might be regarded as 'classic' Beaucastel character; it has a feral, savage fruit which belies the high percentage of Mourvèdre in the blend. In the background there is a little volatility reminiscent of polystyrene cement - the last time I noticed a similar aroma it was in the 1995. On the palate, it is full, textured, and shows a good weight from start to finish. A forceful midpalate, with plenty of acid backbone although overall it is quite nicely integrated and has an appealing balance. There is a little seam of residual tannin beneath this. A nice wine which I think will be peaking within the next few years.
  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Deeply coloured, and very characterful on the nose, this is smoky, feral and furry, and has a more savage, farmyardy character than I can ever remember from previous tastings of this vintage. On the palate it is full, very rich, quite creamy, but also rather brutally youthful. It has plenty of grip, and is brawny in style, with good notes of pickling spices. Over this there is a plush, textured, almost velvety layer of fruit. It still has bags of potential for the cellar., but needs another 3-5 years minimum, but should drink very well after that.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    10/3/2003, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Chateau Beaucastel) Floral nose with lots of black licorice, tar, mineral. Very aromatic. Seems much more mature on the nose than I would have thought. Just getting towards secondary land. After a while the cows came home and the barnyard was present .Soft and silky palate with gorgeous fruit .Not the most concentrated Beaucastel but very gulpable. I would give it five more years so you can get into that cool Beuacastel secondary and tertiary land.


  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Evolving maturity on inspection here, the wine still deeply coloured but with a tawny edge to the deep, rich core. There is a little hint of volatility at first, but nothing like that I found five years ago and it soon fades away. The fruit has sweet core but with a gamey, baked character. Roasted cherry first, then also fresher notes of raspberry, intertwined with leather and also some calcareous notes suggestive of oyster shell. A rich texture on the palate, although not the sweet depth of youth; instead there is a firm backbone, a dry-baked fruit texture, with liquorice, leather and cinnamon. Underneath it all there is a robust tannic substance and firm, alcohol-tinged weight. A very good, savoury, obviously maturing wine, albeit one with many years in the cellar ahead of it yet.

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