• Nanda wrote: 90 points

    October 29, 2021 - Funky black cherry and plum with a dustiness to the fruit with earth and licorice nuances. Medium weight with nice persistence. Drink up as this seems past peak.

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  • acyso wrote: 90 points

    October 29, 2021 - "I wanna start clapping" (Chicago, IL): A little dirtier and funkier than the preceding wines, somewhere between 1981 and 1978 seems to be where the Beaucastel wines became dirty (at least, based on the wines tonight). More of what you would expect from Beaucastel, whereas the earlier wines surprised by how clean they were. Nonetheless, readily drinkable and enjoyable, even if the dirt and earth play a more prominent part than I personally prefer.

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  • Jeff Leve wrote: 91 points

    July 27, 2021 - The last bottle from my case. Still a charmer, though it has dropped much of concentration over the past 40 years, there was more than enough gas in the tank to make it interesting. Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, silky and fresh, the spicy, bright red fruits, pepper, herbs and flowers showed well on the nose and stayed with you through the finish. No decanted needed, as this slowly fading. If you have a bottle, drink up sooner than later.

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  • Eric wrote:

    July 8, 2021 - I was worried this would be dead, but in a word it was GLORIOUS! Initially oxidative on the nose , this has a deep, powerful, dark and medicinal palate. The level of structure still in this wine is shocking. Powerful, STILL tannic, dark and brooding. Olive, blood and spice. Really quite lovely. Fantastic!

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  • wgmccallum Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 2, 2021 - Pale garnet. Pronounced aromas of redcurrants, dried plums, cigar smoke, roses, complex and ever changing. Pronounced fruit on the palate with delicate firm remains of acid and tannin, the latter smooth as silk. The fruit is both intense and weightless, all elements integrated, a seamless blend of flavors, moist tobacco, fruit compote, floral essence that is hard to disassemble. Also a saline olive note. 13.6%

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  • jnewman77 Likes this wine:

    April 10, 2021 - From magnum; this was markedly better than a 750ml last year; the nose started smoky and savory, but opened with air to show more dried currant, cherry, damp earth, some mushroom, and leather. The palate was truly remarkable, silky and yet very fresh considering the age with a mid palate sweetness and concentration that was incredible. Best Chateauneuf I've ever consumed.

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  • VAVintner Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 27, 2021 - Still drinking nicely. Ripe strawberry fruit, some cedar and tar. Nice acid and medium tannin helping it with age.

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  • mpdonnel Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 24, 2020 - Drank from 3L. Took about an hour to get past the funk. Then aromas of red fruits, garrigue, leather and cedar. The palate was surprisingly fruity, with a stewed raspberry/strawberry, but still some youth to it, along with herbs and spice. A nice expression of Beaucastel, and fun to drink a birth year wine. Started to fade after about 4 hours open.

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  • jnewman77 Likes this wine:

    July 31, 2020 - Weekend Chez K's; 7/30/2020-8/1/2020: Opened to celebrate our collective birth years; this was not a great bottle based on other reviews; certainly still enjoyable, but showed a little tired; the nose was smoky and had some slight brett funk; there was some spice and red fruits along with some iron and garrigue. Finish was a little short. Hoping for better things from the magnum I still have.

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  • KevinR Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 25, 2020 - Drinking very well. Nice pallet from start thru finish. Lots of strawberry/raspberry fruit with classic rhone tobacco, cedar, tar. Firm tannin and medium acid carry thru on the finish. Great now. Will probably age another 10 yrs.

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