Red

1996 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Drink between 2004 - 2014 (Edit)
CT90.3 208 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 170

  • bnqwallace Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 4, 2021 - Absolutely delicious. Took a short while to blow off the initial funk then appeared a mature, elegant, silky wine with well developed taninns and no shortness of fruit and a beguiling sweetness. If you like a young CNDP tannic fruit bomb then this is definitely not for you but a very good aged rhone that I suspect is on a long plateau.

  • BVal wrote: 90 points

    February 14, 2021 - 5 years on since my last note and this my last bottle.
    Interestingly, not much has changed . . . this has aged more gracefully than I had thought it might.

    Color: light/medium ruby core -> light, diffuse garnet rim. Atypically light bouquet (for Beaucastel) of cherries, leather, iron, herbs de provence and a little barnyard. Spicy palate showing off those herbal notes with leather and macerated cherries. Lighter style palate for Beaucastel but I'm liking this a bit more than I did 5 years ago. Acidity seem appropriate on this bottle and while the finish could be a bit longer it's acceptable. I still think this is past its best but (surprisingly) still not over the hill.

  • oldwines Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 16, 2021 - Tasted at a friend’s house. Nice translucent lightly bricked garnet, age typical. Fairly complex and rounded with plummy, bacon and rich earth aromas and flavors. Mouth feel is slightly thin and the finish is moderately long but would hope for more depth and length. Not as “bretty” as many older Beaucastel can be. Mature, probably slightly past peak but not in danger of falling apart as yet.

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  • heidoanddave Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 15, 2020 - A truly memorable and fabulous wine. Red and black dark fruit. Earthy spice . Exceptional finish.

  • adamcaldwell wrote: flawed

    August 14, 2020 - This bottle was past peak and DOA imo.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • 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, 089419212075, 089419212082, 089419212938, 089419212969, 089419212983, 089419214062, 089419214963, 3488421096029, 633135052103, 633135092109, 633135142101, 633135962105

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,027 (55%)
  • Consumed 848 (45%)

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