Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 932

  • DougLee wrote: 92 points

    January 25, 2020 - Darker garnet color. Nose of black plum scents, pepper, damp cellar, thyme, lavender. Loads of blackberry, pepper, leather, and licorice on the palate. Moderate acidity and smoothed tannin. Long finish of black fruit, pepper, and earth. Excellent again with lamb.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bobbubbabs wrote: 80 points

    January 22, 2020 - Tasting dinner at Noreetuh in NYC. 6 reds, all from the 90s, any region. Lineup-‘94 Dalla Valle, ‘95 Ridge Monte Bello, ‘96 Dominus, ‘96 Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre, ‘98 Beaucastel CDP and ‘99 Chapoutier La Sizeranne.

    The Beaucastel was the least desirable wine of the night. Though the color was good, the wine has ‘turned’, with a somewhat port like taste and smell. Recently experienced bottle variation in the Beaucastel 1990 vintage. As still have a couple of ‘98s remaining, hope this bottle’s condition will prove to be the exception.

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  • JR1822 Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 15, 2020 - plummy and unique. threw it in as a wild card in a bordeaux tasting... finished 3rd place but a unique and delicious flavor.... wish i had more

  • jhw425 wrote: 91 points

    January 11, 2020 - Really good. Enjoyed with steak. Much younger than prior bottles and perfect with a bit of air

  • C@ETV wrote: 92 points

    January 2, 2020 - Not at all past it but just in a very different place to the power and fruit it showed years ago. Now all secondary, subtle and with a decant of 1-2 hours it has lovely balance, depth and length. Even better with food

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Kapon
    Epic European Vacation, 9/6/2011

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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
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    1/1/2005 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/5/2013 (link) 93 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking dark red violet color; murky, tar, tobacco, roast coffee nose; tasty, mature, tart black fruit, tobacco, roast coffee palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/9/2013 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking, very dark red violet color; anise, charcoal, garrigue, roasted plum, ginger cake nose; silky textured, anise, garrigue, lavender, light pepper, spice palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/15/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark red violet color; dried berry, chocolate, garrigue, licorice nose; garrigue, light pepper, roasted black fruit, licorice palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/18/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Berry, plum, chocolate nose; tasty, garrigue, anise, ripe plum, fig, beets palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/28/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; garrigue, anise, black fruit, plum, dried cherry, berry nose; tasty, delicious, dried berry, garrigue, licorice, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/6/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking dark red violet color with pale meniscus; spicy plum, berry, lavender, raspberry nose; tasty, lavender, berry, plum, anise palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/26/2009 (link) 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #3 (my #1) – 27 pts; 1, 3, 1, 0 - dark red violet color with pale meniscus; focused berry, fig, currant nose; mature, fig, mineral, dried berry, black raspberry, molasses and graphite palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/22/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Very dark red violet color; roasted plum, dried cherry, garrigue and smoke nose; tart plum, dried berry, black fruit and garrigue palate, with depth; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/14/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #4 (my #1) – 62 pts; 2, 3, 1, 0 – Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; intriguing kirsch, clove and incense nose; rich, layered kirsch and ripe cherry, berry palate; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2008 (link) 19+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) One of the few wines that I have subsequently acquired in quantity, which I first tasted in an impressive mini-vertical, also taking in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 - followed by the same vintages of Vieux Télégraphe. It was stunning then, and on this tasting it remains so. It has only a moderately deep, gently maturing colour. The nose does have some baked fruit elements to it, which I commented on when I last tasted this wine, but unlike some other wines in this tasting it is not the predominant feature. There is a twiggy, Grenache-fruit element to it, as well as roasted meats, and exotic notes of cloves and curry spices. The palate carries richness, but it also carries excellent acidity, and a slightly more backward feel than many of its peers. It has a lovely broad presence in the mouth though, and although it shows tannic grip and definition it also has a complete although very masculine feel to it. Delicious wine with fabulous potential for the future; I expect this will drink well for well over a decade yet, if not for two.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/19/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Primary cherry, ripe red fruit and vanilla nose; ripe cherry, kirsch palate, a little hot; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007 (link) 19+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) My first bottle from my case. A deep, rich hue, a dark red-black colour, almost opaque. The nose is already complex, showing some early secondary characteristics. It is fury and feral, deep, rich and meaty. There is still some primary, Grenache-cherry fruit beneath all this though. Rich, deeply flavoured and brimming with roasted, meaty fruit, the palate has a baked, warm-vintage character. This has a full-on structure, plenty of firm tannin, and a lingering finish. Excellent potential, and certainly for the long haul.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004 (link) 19.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A youthful, deep red hue here. The colour suggests a year or two of bottle age. A lovely nose showing complexity; minerals, dense red fruits, with a gamy edge. A vibrant palate, with the fruit showing purity although it has a full, rounded, gamy-tarry character. This is textured, mouthfilling, with very ripe tannins showing on the endpalate. Lovely acidity. In fact a very lovely wine that simply exudes class. Needs 8-10 years.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/30/2004 (link) 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Reduction nose, that blows off, and brett; very tasty, meat, beef, beets, spicy black fruit palate, with good structure; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 0089419214116, 0633135974108, 089419212013, 089419212037, 089419212068, 089419212075, 089419212082, 089419212105, 089419212938, 089419212983, 089419212990, 089419214062, 3488421098023, 633135052103, 633135092109, 633135982103, 6418401098023

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 80 (1%)
  • In Cellars 9,561 (62%)
  • Consumed 5,771 (37%)

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Community Recommendations

Casserole de veau, lamb, platter of French cheeses, roast chicken, Roast leg of lamb, rolled roast pork, slow roast sirloin, Something that'll take another 5 years to cook, venison steak

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