1994 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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1994 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Wine Advocate | 90

The 1994 seems less successful than my early tastings indicated. The high percentage of Mourvedre (40% versus the normal 30%) has given it an earthy, leathery character with hints of mushrooms and tree bark. Although dense and chewy, it remains tannic and firm. It will keep for two decades, but it is not a hedonistic example and how much pleasure it will provide remains to be seen.

Drink Dates: 2003-2023
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: # E2003

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Score: 91
Author: TAs Super Cellar
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/31/2014
Deep red colour; notes of spices and fruits on the nose; nice and long on the palate with notes of red cherries and sweet spices; some drying at the end; needs drinking
Score: 93
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2010
Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Best bottle yet (there has been some bottle variability). Earlier bottles showed a bigger wine in body than the profound '89, but not as complex or elegant; now it has developed more elegance & complexity; intense but not over-extracted; good fruit; lots of earth & leather but not much bret; soft and approachable yet good grip and integrated tannins; long finish; ready now but will hold. An excellent CDP!
Score: 85
Author: Gregg F
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/08/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2009
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More Vintages and Sizes of Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2005 (3.0L)
2005 (750ml)
2001 (1.5L)
2000 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Beaucastel, run by the Perrin brothers, is regarded as one of the best estates of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At 131 hectares of vineyards, it is also one of the largest estates in the region. It is atypical of the appellation in its production techniques. It is one of three estates to produce and vinify all 13 grapes permitted under the regulations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Also, unlike most estates, Beaucastel prefers to use as much Mourvedre in its blend as Grenache. As one of the first estates to practices organic viticulture, Chateau Beaucastel is often criticized for the influence of Brettanomyces, yeast that may contribute animalistic flavors to the wine. They are also controversial for their vinification practice of rapidly heating the incoming must in order to kill bacteria and extract color and flavor from the skins. After maturation in oak casks, the wine is bottled with light fining and no filtration. The house produces several cuvees, the grand vin known as Chateau Beaucastel. Their other wines include Hommage a Jean Perrin, Chateau Beaucastel Blanc, Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. Good values can be had by their Cotes du Rhone, Coudoulet de Beaucastel and their negociant line under the name Vieille Ferme.

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