4 Decades of Chateau de Beaucastel with a touch of Hommage with Richard Brazier

Handford Wines, London

Tasted October 20, 2016 by Papies with 567 views

Introduction

Richard Brazier of Ancient & Modern Wines ( http://www.ancientandmodernwines.co.uk/ ) presented a nice vertical of this historic estate.
The impressive side were the 80s we have to say.

Flight 1 (8 notes)

Red
2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
88 points
Very different to any other Beaucastel we have tried over the years. Blind we would have said new world. Ripe, sweet, Jammy, lots of sweet ripe fruit on the palate, spicy, peppery, quite a bit of extract. Not sure if it was the very ripe 2007, maybe a slight change in style or just the fact of the fact they used more mouverde here but it felt this 2007 took an Australian vacation. Maybe it needs time but an 88 at best for now from us.
Last time we had this out of context wine was the 2003 La Mouline and generally with a few of the 2003s and properly, if we ever get to, this is how we feel with the 2009 Cos d'Estournel
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Red
2005 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
After the jammy 2007 we had before this was a happy return to the usual style of CdB. Very much a young wine, a touch on the restrained side, white pepper feel, firm, youthful, good fruit more classic in style. Very elegant and with a few more years this would be a great wine. 91-92 for now.
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Red
1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Having tried this wine before ( Papies 92-93) we felt that this was not true to form. Actually the first taste of it we had we felt it was flawed. Not sure what to make of it but on the evening it felt like an 86 at best. Will not rate here.
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Red
1988 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
80 points
The wine, assuming this is a characteristic bottle, felt old and way past its good days. The nose was okish but on the palate it had a touch of VA, thin and not pleasant. Was not flawed just not good. 80
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Red
1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Our and the groups WOTN by a long shot.
Bright, grippy, vibrant still. Very much alive and albeit a bit restrained on the nose it sung on the palate. Good level of fruit, light spicy, peppery, rustic in many ways but in a good way. Not earthy at all! Great wine. 93-94
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Red
1981 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
Light peppery nose, bright and vibrant wine from start to finish and showed very little in terms of fading. Light earthy touch, good fruit, nice balance, light rustic feel but a very nice wine and testament to very good winemaking. 93
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Red
1979 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
Touch of bret on the nose. In general the wine felt old and past its better days. Lacked fruit density, and was an ok wine but not in any way a great wine. Still interesting a kudos for making it so far. 88-89
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Red
1978 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
93 points
A great wine at almost 40yrs old. Bright and vibrant, with good density of fruit, almost had a rich feel to it, elegant, balanced. Light earthy touch and was very enjoyable. Solid and still holding strong. 93
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Flight 2 (2 notes)

Red
1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
87 points
Dark in colour. Looked very youthful but that is where the impressive side of this wine ended. Had a sulphur touch of the nose, struck match feel. Very much a one dimensional, linear we should say wine not really true to pedigree and super cuvee status. 87 at best
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Red
1994 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
91 points
A young wine from colour to palate and having tried this blind we would have guessed mid 2000s. Bright and at times tight, with a firm grippy core of fruit, touch rustic, good acidity but overall a very solid wine. Not worthy of a super cuvee status. 91
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