1983 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Drink between 1996 - 2009 (Edit)
CT91.2 131 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 125

  • jondrinkswine Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 25, 2021 - Pale copper in color. Fully developed wine with dried roses, dried violets, saline, forest floor, mushroom, umami, black pepper, cigar box, earth and a touch of savory meat on the nose. Fruit intensity is on the downhill slope, but even at 38 years there’s a lively tartness to the dried fruit resulting in a sweet+sour sensation. Tart acidity with medium+ intensity. There’s a really interesting balance to this wine, and I’m not just talking about “components” that make up the wine. It is both elegant and masculine, understated and brooding, mature and youthful. I do wish there was a bit more fruit intensity, but what do you expect at this stage of development?

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  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 4, 2021 - Popped and poured, drank over two days. Only saw at the cork branding that this was another 1983 vintage. Perfect fill level and cork.
    Glass: Zalto Burgundy
    Clear, deep, glowing garnet color. Clean, medium+ intense, fully developed nose with fine, sweet fruit, fine oak, tobacco, leather, charcoal, menthol. Complex, deep and a bit dirty.
    Bone dry, wonderful racy acidity, very well integrated. Fine, silky tannin. Medium body. On the palate lovely sweet, red fruit, smoke, tobacco, spices. Nothing green and harsh like my last bottle. Wonderful balance, density, and grip. Silky, velvet texture. Very juicy and with a lovely tension. Very long, lingering sweet and spicy fruit. Way better than my first bottle, even though they came out of the same cellar. What a lovely surprise! 93

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  • paul195 wrote: 92 points

    February 6, 2021 - 12 of 12. Decanted at 3:00, sour and petrol notes initially had me concerned but this blew off after 30 minutes. Severed blind. Mature color, nose now tart red fruits, smoked meat and some spice. Mid weight, good balance, texture and weight. This still had years left in it. Two in the group correctly identified it having had the 85 at another dinner the prior week.

  • seijaro wrote: 85 points

    February 5, 2021 - This bottle was gone... not spoiled, just very little flavor left. Quite brown and lots of sediment on decanting, then fair for 30 minutes. After that it just kinda faded. Pretty funny that my neck tag said "Drink after 1998" :)

  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: 94 points

    January 1, 2021 - Drank from a 375. Whoa, this showed way better than I expected. Spicy nose with beef jerky, pepper and green olive brine over top of cranberry and spiced red apple. On the palate, fully integrated tannins and just a bit of VA, but it's a really focused and alive wine, still. The fruit has waned but still this tart cranberry feel, laced with rhubarb, pepper, rose petals, beef jerky, green olives - delicious complex flavors, loved this wine with some roasted pork shoulder.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Château de Beaucastel: One of Châteauneuf’s Greatest Estates

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/23/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking medium dark red violet color; brett, earthy, iodine, baked plum, fig nose; tasty, mature, brett, tart plum, garrigue palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/21/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking red color with pale meniscus; brett, earthy, gravy, vinaigrette, pepper nose; tasty, mature, garrigue, pepper, dried berry, tangy palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1983
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château de Beaucastel
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Code 633135142101

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 21 (2%)
  • In Cellars 607 (60%)
  • Consumed 377 (38%)

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