2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ White / Rhone Blend
2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes
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Score:
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/08/2012
Drink Dates:
I think this wine is faulty....bummer!
Score: 94
Author: MBates 42
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/14/2008
This wine just keeps evolving over the course of the day. I started with rating this as a 91 but bumped it to 94 because of this evolution. A big full bodied white with melon, figs, apricot, peach cobbler with a bit of honey. I get something a bit different each time I taste it which I love. Silky mouth-feel with very little acidity. Pencil shavings on the mid-palate. Nice long finish that wraps up with a bit of minerality.

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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