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A big, rich wine with huge amounts of fruit oozing out of the glass. Great concentration and intensity, with licorice flavors from the Mourvèdre, finishing with chewy tannins. A great year for this wine, which should age well for 15 to 20 years.
Very youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just starting to hit its stride.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027. 15,000 cases made.
Château de Beaucastel has been in the hands of the Perrin family for several generations, and continues to be in the top echelon of Southern Rhône producers. For each vintage, they strive to preserve the tradition of producing naturally expressive wines of grandeur. Beaucastel is one of the largest domains in the region with 300 acres of vineyards, planted to all 13 permitted grape varieties of the southern Rhône. Beaucastel is known to produce some of the most ageable wines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
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