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Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
  • WS 96
  • RP 94
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Winemaker Notes

A very dark ruby color with purple tinges. Intense aromas of ripe fruit, blackberry jam, spices and a hint of liquorice. The mouth is expressive and full bodied, well balanced between fruit and tannins

Critical Acclaim

WS 96
Wine Spectator

#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.

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

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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Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France - Rhone
Chateau de Beaucastel
In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many... View More