2001 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2001 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
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International Wine Cellar | 92+

($75) Bright ruby-red. Liqueur-like raspberry, licorice and a medicinal quality on the nose. Then quite backward in the mouth, with very primary dark berry and black cherry flavors hinting at great ripeness. Quite primary today and less animal than usual for a young Beaucastel. Elegant, slow-building finish features fine-grained tannins and excellent grip.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 112

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Wine Advocate | 96

Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990, although I don't see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, earthy expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 151

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Wine Spectator | 91

Ripe and fleshy, with lots of black cherry, plum, anise and tar flavors riding along a succulent palate. Sweet and velvety on the finish; this is drinkable now but will age easily. 5,000 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2004-2011
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 92
Author: Jimmy
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 12/24/2012

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Score: 89
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/25/2012

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Score: 95
Author: wineangelo
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/16/2011

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Author: Ned G142
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 01/03/2011
Drink Dates:
very good but a bit harsh

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Score: 92
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/27/2010

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More Vintages and Sizes of Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2005 (3.0L)
2005 (750ml)
1994 (1.5L)

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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