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2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

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

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  • micsauer Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 26, 2017 - Fantastic. Full of energy, extremely primary still. Tons of spices and red fruits. Tannins nicely integrated. Don't open one in the next five years!

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7 Comments

  • Magnum PI commented:

    3/20/18, 7:27 PM - I have a case of this vintage so could try a bottle early, but really don't prefer to experiment needlessly. Have had this in a dozen vintages and enjoy the style. My question is two fold: 1) have you had enough '10's to gauge what the "vintage style is with CDP as opposed to the last handful; 2) do you have any thoughts on drinking CDP at 10-13 years of age, i.e. during a so-called "adolescent stage". Any thoughts on timing? My experience/preference with CDP is wait to age 13-15 generally. I have a few cases of '10's in my cellar but haven't started trying any of them, and frankly haven't tried many '07's. Thoughts?

  • micsauer commented:

    3/24/18, 1:35 PM - @Magnum PI: I am just starting out with CDP and have much more experience drinking Barolo/Barbaresco etc. Nevertheless, drinking the 2010 Beaucastel CDP, it was very obvious that this was still very primary. If you prefer drinking them at >10 years of age I would definitely not open one now. I am pretty sure it will add much more complexity after at least 5 years. I have 3 bottles left in my cellar and I will likely open one every 5 years from now. Hope that helps a bit.

  • Magnum PI commented:

    3/24/18, 3:17 PM - Yes, your thoughts are a piece of the puzzle, so thanks! I have drank a lot of CDP, but still ask others' opinions if I am unfamiliar with the producer and/or vintage. I have a few cases of '08 and '09 Barolo. I think it's reported to be pretty good stuff. Should I wait until the 10th birthday of those to start opening them? How long does good Barolo last?

  • micsauer commented:

    4/20/18, 8:32 AM - Sorry for my late reply. I like the 2008 Barolos quite a lot and had a couple of them recently. They are still primary at 10 years of age but drink "unfortunately" extremely well already, so very hard to resist. No rush to open those. The 2009 was a pretty warm vintage. The wines I had so far were pretty broad, more alcoholic and more advanced in their aging process. Some I didn't like too much despite coming from excellent producers (G. Rinaldi, Clerico etc.). I would recommend opening a few to check on those and then decide by yourself how to proceed with them. I fear that some of them never come to a excellent drinking window. Hope that helps.

  • Magnum PI commented:

    4/20/18, 1:09 PM - Thanks for your response. I have a fair amount of '06's - 10's in my cellar but have only opened a couple of bottles from that five year period, and don't have a lot of experience with Piedmont in general. I will probably wait another year or two to open any of them. Sounds like they will generally be 20 year wines?

  • micsauer commented:

    5/10/18, 4:01 AM - Definitely no rush to open the 2006, 2008 or 2010s. They will all be 20 year wines, I am pretty sure. As I mentioned, open one of the 2009 rather sooner than later and see how you like them now. 2007 I am not so sure, haven't had too many to comment on.

  • Magnum PI commented:

    5/10/18, 7:35 AM - I appreciate your insights. I don't have a vertical but have had Beaucastel in a half dozen mature vintages. I have found generally that 15 years is a good age and had the '89 at age 20 and if was still showing well, but declining. I haven't tried too many of my '07's, of which I have many producers, but plan to start perhaps next year unless someone talks me out of it. (Reports of CDP closing down.). I have only had one Beaucastel '07, in 2015. It was very tight after an hour decant and never opened at all over the following hour or two. Make of that what you will. My '07 village wines are still drinking well. (Lirac, Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras)

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