2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

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

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Community Tasting Note

  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    July 23, 2018 - Pulled the cork decanted it for three hours but it was not ready at all. While the wine was opening up slowly it remained only moderately enjoyable as the acidity was a bit too dominant/not well integrated. Plan was to put it back in the bottle and try it on day two. Instead it remained in the decanter for seven more hours and was then consumed over several days.

    Day 3: Much improved with a medium expressive nose with dark fruits, bushes/herbs and some rather exotic spices. More open and singing on the palate with more dark fruit, dark cherries but also bright red fruit with strawberries. In addition cola, herbs, spices. Dark fruited and herbs driven finish. Medium body, medium tannins that are well integrated and very very soft, acidity still a tad too strong for my palate but overall a promising structure with a good aroma intensity.

    Day 4: Still up and running. The tannins a tad softer, a slightly higher concentration and especially a slightly better integrated acidity. The wine is no longer hard to drink. That's the first day the acidity is a nice feature.

    Day 6: The nose now dominated by subtle herbs, garrigue and only underneath dark fruit. No sign of oxidation. Seems more dense and packed than on the previous day which helps a lot with the acidity. On the palate dark fruit plays the first fiddle, herbs right behind it. In its finest moments the wine is smooth, silky, balanced with an almost Pinot-like finesse. But not consistently on this day.

    Overall impression: It is a good wine with a nice bouquet and good level of complexity. Very fresh. Balance will certainly improve further with a better integrated acidity as aromas will become deeper and the wine denser. Nevertheless, I had not the impression that something extraordinary (97+) is in the making here but certainly something good to very good. 92 points for the drinking experiences on days 4 to 6. In these rare best moments on day 6 it was rather a 94-96 experience.

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  • Vinomazing commented:

    7/23/18, 7:19 AM - Great test bottle reporting, thank you very much for all the detailed feedback...cheers

  • samatoid commented:

    8/2/18, 9:42 AM - I can only wonder when my mags will be ready drink. Oddly many tasters on CT liked this right out of the bottle. A well known US importer was telling me the acids will mean this wine won't be ready to drink for over a decade, but optimally much longer. My children can always sell the wine if they don't want it.

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