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Château de Beaucastel

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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Tasting Notes

WS96
#8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008 Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.
WA94
The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience. I can't see it being close to drinkable before 2014 and lasting up to 30 or more years.

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