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2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 124

($92) Deep, dense red color. Vibrant aromas of aromas of cherry, wild herbs, fresh flowers and minerals. Energetic and sweet, showing no overripe qualities; offers a silky, suave texture and wonderfully pure red berry, fresh plum, kirsch and fig flavors. Those with an aversion to the funky, gamey character that can characterize Beaucastel in "typical" vintages owe it to themselves to check this out. Clearly, the Perrins know what to do with grenache, even if it's not their favorite grape.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

A stew of a wine to go with our braised beef – very rich and herbal but clean, none of the horsey aromas for which young Beaucastel is so notorious. The heatwave vintage didn’t seem to have left its calling card of uncomfortably dry tannins in this wine which was already very opulent and flattering.

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WA
92

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 163

The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. 15,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

93

rrrobins Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 12/30/2011

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92

David W294 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 01/02/2011 Drink Dates: 2009-2018

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

94

StefanBoedeker Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 04/25/2009 Drink Dates: 2009-2018

Deep ruby colored with an aroma of black fruit, spices and herbs and a pleasant earthiness. On the palate the wine was full bodied, dense and nicely textured with nicely blended tannins. Good finish.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

95

Howard R Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 10/26/2008

Smooth, light but with excellent body

jjwickham Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 08/01/2008

Simply delicous on the nose, fabulously gentle beginning, with a smooth accelleration to a long and satisfying finish. I noted spice, smoke, cherry, and other flavors. Very complex and satisfying. A great wine.

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