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1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 531

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 90 points

    February 9, 2020 - No decanting here. Just a pop and pour was all that was needed to bring the flowers, baked cherry, kirsch, spice box, herb and green olive aromatics. Silky, soft, fresh sweet and tart cherries with a strong note of olive tapenade and cocoa in the finish. This is not as good as it was a few years ago. If you are sitting on any bottles, you should consider drinking this sooner than later.

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  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 94 points

    January 19, 2020 - superb again, had alongside the '89 (another of my past favorites) and the '78... 90 was classic but elegant grenache / Mourvedre blend with super fruit and less secondary stuff -- age has made this elegant but not so much spicy... the '89 was funky when opened, then 45 mins later was just as good but with more character / spice and less purplish fruit, the '78 was understated and while nice, it was a little washed out next to the two greats of '89 and '90... I suspect the '78 was much better ten years ago

  • walkerjfw wrote: 94 points

    January 3, 2020 - Dinner w/Matt and Katie at Bistro les Amis in NYC, great spot for casual French and corkage friendly. This was one of my contributions for the evening. Cork came out relatively clean, decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over course of the evening.

    Consistent with prior notes:"Faded purple/plum color, cloudy. Took the nose about 15 minutes to show. Old raspberry and black cherry on the nose. Palate showing dusted cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, plums. Classic CdP baking spice in the mid palate..." Adding...Medium weight, nicely perfumed wine. Delicate and elegant wine, baking spice and plum through the mid palate.

    Really spectacular showing on this evening. We drank this next to a 2003 Beaucastel CdP - fun to compare the older elegant 1990 with the fruit forward/sexy 03. Nothing to not like at this point, well stored bottles have more time in them but it wont likely improve...

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Force5 Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 25, 2019 - Last bottle from a case. Fascinating tertiary aromas. Completely resolved. Proof that I prefer these with 15-20 years of age rather than 30.

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  • fclarity wrote: 93 points

    December 24, 2019 - I opened two bottles for this tasting. Both bottles were in excellent condition but the cork looked essentially brand new on one (both authentic). This wine had a deep red center and tawny rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed black cherries, anise, soil, and plums.

    In the mouth, the first bottle was nice but a bit firm. The bottle with the better cork was sweeter and better integrated. Both bottles had a reasonably long finish.

    If you have read my other reviews, you know that I favor relatively long decants. This wine seemed to do a bit better with a shorter decant, say maybe and hour or so. There was clearly bottle variation here and, in general, it is time to drink up.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2017, Issue #69, Recently- Tasted Rhône Wines

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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
    10/30/2015 (link) 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking very dark red violet color; mature, dried berry, dried cherry, baked cherry, anise, spice nose; rich, tasty, mature, dried berry, dried cherry, baked cherry, licorice palate with less acidity than the 1989; medium-plus finish 94+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/7/2014 (link) 94 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium red violet color; mature, licorice, dried berry, talc, raspberry preserves, brett nose; mature, tasty, raspberry jam, dried berry, anise, garrigue palate; long finish 94+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/1/2011 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #2 (my #3) – 80 pts.; 4, 2, 3, 2 - bricking medium red violet color with thin clear meniscus; ethereal, sweet smoke, dried cherry, dried berry, spice box nose; tasty, ripe, hedonistic, dried berry, tart chocolate, charcoal, sweet tobacco palate; medium-plus finish 95+ points (easily guessed it as '90 Beau in this blindtasting)

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2009 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricking light medium red color with pale meniscus; sexy, lavender, brett, bramble, lamb jus, smoke and roasted meat nose; tasty, brett, tart red fruit, bramble, horseradish, pepper and mushroom palate; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/12/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) From magnum - medium cherry red color with clarity and pale meniscus; gorgeous garrigue, liquid pepper, smokehouse smoke nose; great, youthful tart cherry, garrigue and white pepper palate, with depth and soul; medium-plus finish 96+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/25/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Group's #3 (my #6) – 68 pts; 2, 1, 2, 1 – Lightest in color of the bunch, light medium red with pale meniscus; funky, barnyard and tart plum nose; tasty, tart plum, garrigue and mineral palate; medium finish 92+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/12/2008 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Sweet cherry, baked cherry and vanilla nose; deep, tasty and youthful tart cherry and strawberry palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/8/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Dark brick red color with pale meniscus; gorgeous, mature, truffle nose; very tasty, wonderful mature CdP, with tart lamb jus and plum; medium-plus finish (WOTF)

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/19/2007 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Slightly cloudy garnet red color; slightly horsy nose, with mushroom, borscht, autumn leaves and herbs; tasty, wonderful, elegant kirsch fruit; long finish 96+ pts (4 votes, including mine, for WOTF)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/17/2007 (link) 97 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Lovely cherry, and Kirsch nose; gorgeous, rich, cherry, plum, black fruit, beef and fig palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/30/2004 (link) 96 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Black fruit, caramel nose; lovely, very expressive and developed, meaty, beefy palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/5/2004 (link) 95 points

    (Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Mature, cherry, caramel nose; tasty, mature, eucalyptus, strawberry, cherry, borscht palate; medium finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2001 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) Similarly rich colour. Intense fruit, rich with aromas of roasted garrigue herbs, with nuances of ink and wet stones. A rich and hedonistic wine on entry, with an immediately apparent full and velvety texture. Despite its age this big and muscular wine still has a wealth of tannins, but with fine acidity and such rich fruit this wine will go the distance. Ripe fruits, with some aromatic, almost floral notes. A spicy, tannic finish, and some considerable length. This wine is still on the way up, and should be superb.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2000 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape) A rich, deep, mahogany red, by far the most richly coloured wine in this flight. Peppery black fruit on the nose. The palate has sweet, richly spicy and aromatic black fruit. Superb tannins and acidity. Tannins still very noticeable on the finish.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • 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 089419212983, 633135052103, 633135142101

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  • Pending Delivery 46 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,879 (59%)
  • Consumed 1,940 (40%)

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