1988 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Drink between 1996 - 2012 (Edit)
CT91.4 212 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 195

  • mdefreitas wrote: 90 points

    July 24, 2021 - Classic Beaucastel funk, but not in an off-putting way. Velvety tannins and similar in profile to the 1989 version (which came from Magnum)... except the 1989 had more density and fruit.

  • MAOC wrote:

    January 2, 2021 - Good fill level and condition but I was a bit disappointed - not sure if it’s just where the wine has got to or was slightly sub par. Fading red fruit, saddle-type leather, burning embers and light notes of garrigue. There were still some firm drier tannins which is probably a combination of vintage and the fruit having faded a lot. A softly spoken expression which I hoped would be better ***?

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Likes this wine: 89 points

    November 22, 2020 - Immaculate bottle. Popped and poured, and quaffed within an hour. Good, mature rhone on the wane, with fruit flavors largely non-present. I like them a bit more fruit forward, so I probably should have drank this 4-5 years ago. Drink up!

  • SonnyChiba wrote: 87 points

    November 22, 2020 - Not a bad wine but definitely getting tired and too mature for my liking. Night and day from the 89’ which is one of my all time favorite vintages of Beaucastel.

  • Bob H wrote:

    November 21, 2020 - Drinking great today - medium-bodied, red fruit and garrigue.

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2019, Issue #80, Recently Tasted Rhône Wines Spring of 2019

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, Recently Tasted Rhône Wines Revisiting One of My Favorite Regions of Yesteryear

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7, 3/28/2011 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    10/5/2010 (link)

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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 Campbell Mattinson
    1/1/2005 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2001 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/28/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color; tobacco, tart berry nose; tart berry, tobacco, mineral, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/12/2007 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Medium raspberry red color; horsy, barnyard, tart red fruit and cherry nose; lovely, showing very well, tart cherry and red fruit palate with herbes de Provence, garrigue; medium-plus finish 96+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/30/2004 (link) 97 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Gorgeous truffle, cherry, earthy nose; mature, truffle, red fruit, cherry, toasty oak palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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 Codes 0633135974108, 089419212044, 089419212082, 089419212945, 089419212969, 089419212983, 089419214062, 633135132102, 633135142101

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 940 (60%)
  • Consumed 628 (40%)

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