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    Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
    Rhone Red Blends - Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France


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    Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 96 Wine Enthusiast, 95 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

    Varietal: Rhone Red Blends

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Item no. 119676

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

    Very dark in color. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, with red fruit, blackcurrants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender. The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round, with figs, cherries, blackcurrants and stewed fruit, all with great acidity. The tannins are present but very delicate.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035.

    96 Points
    Wine Spectator

    The 2010 Beaucastel is a tour de force, brilliantly combining espresso and black olive notes with bright raspberry fruit, while dark earthy notes provide a solid base. The feel on the palate is ample, with tannins that are a bit dusty but not tough or chewy. The long, mouthwatering finish bodes well for the future. Drink now–2030.

    96 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25-30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do.

    95 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length.

    94 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    User Reviews:

    Ron Blachman (11/17/2014)
    I tried this in a flite of 3 Chateauneuf du Pape, the others being the Caillou 2010 and the Olivier Hilaire 2012. All three were good but this one is the winner. Dark, saturated ruby-garnet color, medium-full body and leggy. The small-to-medium sized nose acquires complexity and depth with a bit of air and time: pomegranate, lavender or violets, pepper, currants; I'm disappointed in the smallness of the nose but the wine is young and it might grow a little with time. The flavors start with enormous tarry fruit (my how things have changed compared with the harder Rhone wines of decades past!) Along with the fruit is just enough acid and a firm tannin backbone. The wine fills the mouth, I think this must have a very high total extract, it already has a decent finish; there is a bit too much alcohol on the palate, though. It is bottled to last with a first-rate 2-inch cork. I don't think there is acid enough for very long-term aging, I'd say drink this from 2016 to 2026. This is expensive on my budget and is slightly deficient in the nose and the acid but I'm buying more if that says anything. It is not quite a Great Chateuneuf but it comes close.
    walktard (4/15/2015)

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