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1989 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
1989 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
1989 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

JR
18.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Julia Harding MW

So delicate and perfumed and yet still well structured on the palate. Seems much younger than the 1990. Graceful, silky, juicy and lingering and hardly any undergrowth or leather as yet. A beautiful wine. (JH)

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97

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker

The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades. (Many purchasers have reported bottle leakage (due to a cork problem) with this vintage. I purchased two cases of this wine, but none of my bottles reveal any sign of leakage. A good friend of mine, Dr. Jay Miller, owner of Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore, has consistently had a problem with "corked" bottles of the 1989, but no leakage.)

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WS
97

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. Try the beginning of next century.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. 25,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

95

Tj R Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 10/05/2013

93

Scooter Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 03/04/2013

Drinking beautifully with tannins fully absorbed and everything in balance. I don't think this gets any better though. I would drink now

98

Johnnymd Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 12/25/2011

Wow. Garnet colored. Strong fragrance of dark cherry wood with typical funk of barn stall. Blows off quickly. Slightly sweet with loads of flavor- cherry, prune, and tobacco, lush tannins, long finish. Can't get any better. Cork leaked a little but had no effect on wine. One of the most unique wines when both young and old I have tasted over the years.

95

SingKevin Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 09/09/2011

darvid Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/04/2011 Drink Dates:

Semitransparent ruby-orange with thin rim. Gorgeous, soaring aromas -- flavors to match -- mature but still vibrant and sweet CdP melange (garrigue, galets, rosemary, thyme, kirsch, framboise, blood orange, pomegranate, violets, and clean rather than funky leather). A "deft" touch of brett (as one sometimes speaks of oak treatment) that integrates perfectly. Very satisfying and mouth-filling if not as velvety in texture as some bottles I've had (and after an hour, it seemed a bit coarser than when first poured). One senses that this might begin to unravel or delaminate in five or six years, but drinking beautifully now.

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