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.
May 26, 2019 - This is a beautiful Beaucastel and it improved remarkably since my first tasting in 2015. Others who had more experience with this producer suggested waiting 10 years and yes that did the trick.
This is the same bottle that I did a small Coravin pour a year ago and at that point rated it 92 but today I was able to decant the bottle and it opened up and drank very well, before, during and even after dinner. My dear wife commented that some wines seem to get harsh after dinner but this was smooth sailing. Wonderful bouquet of spices and roses. Long finish and velvet like on the palate. Very good QPR at the $55 I paid in 2012.
May 10, 2019 - Drank at BYO evening at District. The other bottle bought was a Clos De Pape 2006 white. Both were very high alc - the white was 15%- Too much. This was the more elegant of the two. Dark fruits, not much secondary tobacco yet - ageing well. Some sort of licorice and vanilla there. I’m liking these before too late on the drinking window.
March 29, 2019 - Tar, charcoal, tobacco, plum, herb, star anise, licorice. Finishes with strong vanilla bean. Heavy alcohol keeps this from being great. Will try 2nd bottle in 3 to 5 years.
March 27, 2019 - Lavinia - Dégustation Vallée du Rhône du 27 Mars 2019 (Lavinia, Boulevard Madeleine - Paris): Nez : belle intensité aromatique sur de la cerise à l’eau, cuir, jus de viande, framboise noire, prune qui commence à « virer » légèrement au pruneau, olive et pierre à fusil. Un nez doux mais équilibré – pas trop chaleureux pour ce millésime solaire.
Bouche : l’attaque est douce et fondante – mais avec une certaine fraicheur – sur de la cerise.
Corps assez ample à ample, le cœur de bouche se montre crémeux, onctueux grâce à des tanins veloutés. J’ai tout de même noté un équilibre intéressant. Palette aromatique autour de la cerise / cerise à l’eau, framboise, légère nuance de pruneau, garrigue et légère touche florale de violette.
Finale de belle allonge, à l’aromatique charmeuse sur la cerise, la mûre, une touche florale et de sucrosité, de la ronce, quelques amers.
Note : 17,25/20 i.e. 94+/100
March 26, 2019 - Versatile for pairing, you can pull a lot of different nuances out of it with various foods. This was the “Swiss army knife” of wines in a tasting dinner tonight.
Ripe fruit, soft tannin, easy drinking but not simple. This is, in a nutshell, the total package. If you can find it at a fair price, buy without hesitation.
March 20, 2019 - Wow, what a difference an hour makes. Ok out of the gate but starts singing after 45 minutes. Can’t wait to see how these develop. Enjoyed with Moroccan chicken.
March 16, 2019 - Very smooth
March 4, 2019 - Outstanding wine. Really starting to enter a good drinking window. Went well with wild duck gumbo.