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.
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).
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.
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.
My second bottle in a week. Tighter than the first bottle, with a nose of cherry, dusty earth, wet rock and tart red fruits. Palate did not show any prune and was more in tune with the nose - very good mineral and semi ripe red stone fruit. Good structure and decent length.
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(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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