Thin clear rim on a deep burgundy core. Wine looked younger than I expected it to. Sweet and earthy nose of tobacco, crushed pine and raspberry. Layers of flavor on the palate that were in great balance and purity. Red fruit, crushed stone, lavender, cassis. I did not spend enough time studying the wine and I am probably under rating it.
Interesting experience for tasting, considering that many rated this an ideal vintage and how accessible it was in its earlier years. Now it is at first without nose and only a hint of fruit. After 20 minutes, classic CdP mint, vanilla, leather and fruit all nicely balanced. probably indicates it is in decline though it seems early for such a phase to set in. Still a good drink though.
A bit dusty on opening but decant and leave it to open for an hour or so. Sweet red fruit, southern warmth and provencal herbs comes through. In the mouth more animalic notes, smoke and lovely cherry and black fruit. Full bodied and soft, but to me the alcohol comes through a bit too much. Not overbearing, more a matter of taste. Very enjoyable and in better shape than expected. Will last for a long while yet. 92-93p
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(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A dark and maturing wine, with a very deeply coloured core and a dusty red rim. Richly styled on the nose, a very ripe character, with slightly baked cherry fruit, sweet with the scents of dense, freshly tanned leather along with tobacco, liquorice and spices, especially cloves. There is little in the way of fruit, the aromas more earth, cedar and mushroom. There is a slightly chalky edge to it, and a raspberry-on-toast element though. On the palate it is dense, hugely concentrated, firm and still tannic. Around this lies a plush and creamy substance. The fruit character is baked, with some sweetness, and a peppery finish. After a couple more hours in the decanter it feels more tightly reined in, more elegant. It remains dark and dense but with a more savoury, meaty element to it, and a cooler sense to the structure, with greater freshness as a result, but it still shows all that unresolved substance. There is great potential here, but it feels a little confused at present.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A great and obviously maturing hue here, red tones towards the rim but with a dark, dusty, treacly-tawny hue at the core. A lovely nose, obviously ripe but not overly warm or soft. The nose has elements of liquorice, and then is more gamey although with a firm and well-framed character. Dark and curranty and smoky fruit, with a ripe, roasted-but-not-sweet raspberry element too. The palate is supple but very rich, structured, with a good ripe and upright tannic backbone with plenty of firm acids too. Almost elegant in terms of its dancing presence on the palate, but it reveals more substance and depth towards the finish. A great wine, with a punchy, albeit slightly warm finish, which just sings potential. A different class (and something of a different style) to many of the other wines here. This is excellent, and given time it could be one of the greatest Beaucastels ever.
(Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) From magnum - dark red violet color; smoky, high pitched, herbal and lavender nose; tasty, focused, smoky, garrigue, spicy black fruit and graphite palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Very dense, opaque and concentrated, with incredibly dense roasted cherry fruit on the nose, pure yet feral and meaty, with fabulous intensity. This is remarkable. Full, creamy, dense and concentrated on the palate, yet fresh and cool, extracted, full of smoky and meaty fruit. Fabulous, broad, feral and characterful, a remarkably rich wine, packed with extract of smoky blueberry and just screaming potential for the future. This is an incredible vintage for Beaucastel, and I am glad I have my other bottles safely tucked away in the cellar.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) This has a deep colour, with a purple tinge. Wow - what an intense nose, full of slightly rubbery dark fruits. The palate is wonderful, balanced and textured, but with power, and perfect acidity making for a delightful fluid elegance. Tarry-ripe, but with attractive floral notes too. Truly brilliant wine with superb potential for the cellar. Needs 10-15 years.
(Chateau Beaucastel 2001) This is stunning!! Incredible soil-driven aromas of wet earth, cherry liquor, bark. Little tight right out of the gates but that bright Grenachey fruit is there with a hint of horsehair and barnyard. But what is very compelling about this wine is the smell of rich, wet soil. I have never smelled a wine that has this type of pure expression of soil. The palate is very primary but just shows dazzling complexity and length. Strong acids and amazing purity are the hallmarks of this bottle. I have to get more of this.
(Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Wonderful depth of colour, a dark, inky purple. Great nose - sweet Grenache cherry character, with real depth. Mourvèdre shows through more on the palate, which is meaty with cigar box nuances. Full of fruit, powerful, but with elegant balance. Lovely tannic structure underneath it all, hidden by the fruit at present. Undoubtedly top wine of the tasting, north and south. Tasted in
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