• davidandrose Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 25, 2021 - Stood upright 7 hrs prior to opening. Cork in great condition, not decanted, followed out of Syrah somm stems; initial sampling was more delicate than from standard Syrah stems, which produced a darker and heavier .

    Cherry, earth and aged barrel on the nose. Faint tannins offers a dry approach before the red fruit kicks in mid-back palate with a lingering finish. Fine on its own before dinner and a perfect Turkey day pairing; Everything I’d want and expect from this wine, and pleased its none the worse from 2 relo’s.

    Not sure how much longer I’d hang on to this based on our preference, but there’s certainly no need to open in the next year or three.

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  • llink wrote: 92 points

    November 20, 2021 - Popped and poured. The nose shows garrigue, herbs, red fruits and a little funk. Lighter weight palate, medium fruit intensity, and very subtle tannins. Strong showing.

  • Philippe_C wrote: 95 points

    November 15, 2021 - Superb nose of animal, soy sauce, cedar. Delicious sappy tannin, cèpes de Bdx.

  • galewskj wrote: 93 points

    November 11, 2021 - Mixed bag (The Kenwood): I was expecting this to beat the 2000 Pegau it was served alongside. Not quite. Really really really floral, violets stand out. The spice shows up in 30 minutes.

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  • I'd Rather Be Drinking Wine Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 11, 2021 - Luis rides again @ The Kenwood: PnP - The first word that comes to mind here is smoooooth....this wine is just classy. There is a nice balance between red fruit, black fruit and tertiary flavors. As balanced as the 2000 Pegau it was paired with, but slight alcohol distracted a touch. Still, a very nice wine in a great place right now. Nose showed dark fruit, red fruit, wood and beef blood....palate was full of red and black fruit, with a slight touch of heat. Should hold here for a while. A solid wine and a solid showing. 93 points with ease.

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  • rocknroller wrote: 92 points

    November 11, 2021 - Mixed WTDS at The Kenwood (The Kenwood, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. PNP, drank a glass over a hour. Like the 01 Pegau two nights ago, this was tighter and bigger profiled, consistent with the vintage. Tight, kirsch, mineral, iron, garrigue, blackberry. The palate shows blackberry liqueur, kirsch, pepper, some heat, and full body with medium tannins. 91+ to 92pts.

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  • vinolovers wrote: 94 points

    October 29, 2021 - Color of dark cherry red with no bricking on the rim. Opened and left in bottle for about 30 min. did not decant. A nose and taste of cherry. Background notes of plum, leather and provencal herbs (for lack of a better description). Incredibly smooth with no tannins remaining. Fully mature but with some life remaining.

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  • Musigny1955 Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 22, 2021 - {Bought on release, bottle 3 or 4 of 12. Sound cork, perfect fill} Big, aromatic, very complete wine, tons of sediment, yet elegant and full of life. One of the best Beaucastels after the 1988-89-90 series. Can hold at this level for another decade.

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  • Simoncino wrote: 92 points

    October 15, 2021 - Do not decant! If you must, pour half the bottle in a carafe and watch the two parts develop side by side. Perfect cork, slightly lower fill compared to the Vieux Télégraphe 2001 that I was going to open to compare. More Mourvedre in my evening, 30% vs. 15% for the VT. Classic, non-Hommage Beaucastel. You know the elements --sauvage, to say the least. No need to keep this years longer. Drink up and enjoy! Good wine.

  • acyso wrote: 70 points

    October 3, 2021 - (Mostly) 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Skokie, IL): Served double blind. Mix of strawberry and cherry here. Maybe some sharpie marker and some balsamic. This just got more and more volatile and unpleasant. High alcohol, seems far past its prime. My 4th, group's 5th.