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Community Tasting Notes (83) Avg Score: 90.9 points

  • Disappointing. Maybe it's an off-bottle (not corked, though), or a weak vintage, but I expected much more from a Beaucastel. Medium garnet, minimal translucency. Not much aroma at all, and what there is doesn't have much character. Medium body, mostly black fruits, but tannin and acid too prominent for the fruit. One-dimensional. Fairly short aftertaste. I have several more bottles, hopefully better than this one.
    Ric

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  • From a half. Drank over two days. Beautifully perfumed bouquet of ripe berries, spice, spring flower garden, minerals, and sanguine notes. Remarkably balanced, refined, and graceful. What it lacks in power and rusticity, compared to other vintages, it more than makes up for with charm and verve. Considerable depth, lively acids, precise, and showing a strong sense of place, with style. In a word, seductive. The wine finishes long, with lingering dusty to gritty tannins. It should continue to drink well for five to seven years or more.

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  • I agree with all that pointet out the prune flavor extravaganca of this wine, but on top of it it shows notes of white pepper and wood, which calms the whole thing down. What i like about the wine is the structure and balance and the authenticity od old school C9dP. What I am missing is the special something! All is a bit tame and one-dimensional. While I technically "only" rate this wine a 92 pts I do like it quite a bit as it shows character and edges. Not a stunning Braucastel but more a interesting gentleman to talk to about the 'good old days' instead of a perfectly styled 'beau' showing off his pumped up muscles that fall apart in 5 years time. Drink now - 2025 (ideally out of the Riedel Sommeliers 'Hermitage' / Syrah glass).

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  • Dorks, blind tasting. My bottle and a relief, as it was superb and lacked the pruney quality reported on the last bottle we opened. Immediately had everyone's attention with an elegance and complexity not present in any other wine so far. Was not hard to guess CdP and Beaucastel in that order. Raspberry, beet, spice and superfine tannins. Was guessed to be 04 or slightly older by these experienced tasters.

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  • Big, complexness. Prunes, currant and other dark, heavy fruits. Wood, especially wet wood. Long after taste and still some tannins present. This wine will last, so slow down, let sometime pass and enjoy this wine in a few years.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    March/April 2011, IWC Issue #155, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/21/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 91 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark garnet color; very lifted, pepper, graphite, garrigue nose; tasty, pepper, tar, tart black fruit, charcoal, licorice palate; more peppery than usual, suggesting more Syrah and Mourvedre in the mix with this vintage; needs 3-4 years; medium-plus finish

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