2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

White Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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  • gmbdds wrote: flawed

    December 22, 2012 - Oxidized. Apple cider color upon pouring was the first bad sign and the taste was just not right. Too bad.

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  • Redguy commented:

    12/23/12, 3:25 PM - I have this same wine so thanks for the heads up. If you have any remaining bottles I wouldn't open them for a few years. Sounds like it may just be going thru its roussanne closed phase, which these tend to go through. They get very dark and nasty... oxidized like. I have experienced this several times with other vintages. If curious, look at recent notes from the '04 Beau Blanc. In the mean time be patient

  • tomherer commented:

    12/23/12, 5:28 PM - Thanks both. I have one left (of two), and the first one showed badly about a year ago. Cider, cooked, etc. I'll leave the other bottle alone for a while in case it really is in a dumb phase.

  • gmbdds commented:

    12/24/12, 6:27 AM - Thanks for the replies, guys. I have read a lot about the possible closed phase and was afraid I might run in to it. I wasn't aware that the color might change like this and still come out of it alright in the end. Will the color lighten again (assuming it's not truly flawed), or will the tastes come back and the color remain? Thanks.

  • Redguy commented:

    12/24/12, 9:16 AM - Yes, when roussanne based wines emerge from their slumber the color will absolutely lighten (lighter than before their closed phase) and the flavors will be less intense but more refined. This wine was rocking in its youth so should be exquisite when it comes out the other side. Going to take some time though. I made the mistake of dumping some that I thought oxidized before.

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