September 22, 2019 - First time trying this wine. Bought the bottle 6 years ago and it’s been sitting in our cellar. Brief decant. Not much on the nose, even after some coaxing. Some red fruit on the palate, but straightforward and not very sophisticated. I’m disappointed having paid $90 for this, and letting this age for 10 years. Tastes more like a $30 wine. What am I missing here?
August 31, 2019 - Loved this. Medium bodied. Lots of bright sweet cherry flavors; a hint of minerality. Elegant and so well balanced. Terrific.
August 17, 2019 - From a half bottle. Sweet red fruit nose, plum and dark cherry palate with some cedar and spice notes. Long finish.
August 10, 2019 - From Magnum. Decanted about 2 hours. Very dark purple. Blueberries, earth and forest floor on the nose. On the palate very smooth and mouth coating. Some heat, not much fruit, short finish. Nice but not very interesting. Perhaps the magnum needed more time. This wine was totally blown away by the 2009 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Quet which we drank along side.
August 10, 2019 - At 10 years old this is quite advanced in colour midway between ripe red plum and garnet. Quite spicy in the nose. Full of red leather, sour cherry, dried cranberry, pencil shavings, camphor, dried garrigue - especially bay leaves - and just an overall lifted freshness. A definite licorice note develops with time in the glass. Lush palate. Very round and full with gobs of sweet dried red fruits. Quite spicy on the palate as well. Awesome fruit extract! There is quite a bit of depth and complexity here. Finishes crisp and spicy with lingering dried red fruit flavour replays. Tannins are basically gone - just the slightest hint on the teeth. Beautiful wine! 95 points easy!
July 31, 2019 - 3rd bottle, a few years since the last one: Now settling into a beautiful classic Chateauneuf, albeit on the riper side of the spectrum.
Coravin sample needs to to breath about 40 min in the glass. Decant accordingly. Chill to 18C.
I'd usually keep Beaucastel for 13+ years, but 2009 is more accessible.
Should keep another decade or more.
July 5, 2019 - Enjoy to drink.
June 21, 2019 - drinking beautifully at the moment but will keep
June 16, 2019 - Bought this at a bargain price as a gamble. Paid off.
May 30, 2019 - Another anniversary wine. 10 yrs on it. Still young in split. Had a 2016 that was more approachable but this was pop and pour, so still needs decanting. Tons of fruit. Tannins integrating well.