Light, fruit-led nose. Little raisiny note underneath the red fruits. Noticeable sweet fruits on the entry; redcurrant and raspberry. The weight and texture feels a little lighter than what I recall of the last bottle. The tannins are fully integrated and there’s a nice smoky, ferrous, bloody note on the finish.
here the nose starts to show some definite maturity. grassy aromas. drinking great, with a wild and wierd complexity. wild red fruit a la luxardo maraschino. palate is dynamite and not nearly as developed as the nose suggests. med tannin.
Mature, soft, barnyard and strawberry notes on the nose. This is a really strong effort for the for the vintage. But this needs to be enjoyed sooner than later. Some dryness and lack of fruit are found in the finish.
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(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.
(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.
(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.
(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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