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Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 124
($162) Medium gold color. Brooding, deep aromas of orange marmalade, mango, melon and candied quince. Thick and unctuous, with incredible thickness and weight, showing a range of ripe tropical fruits and intense bitter orange and honey flavors. The yield here was just 14 hectoliters per hectare, according to Pierre Perrin. Clings to the palate like glue, with a gorgeous note of peach essence. An immensely concentrated, powerful wine with a long track record for improving with age.
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Very deep honey colour. Already attractive nose with strong linden leaf notes on great weight. Rich, sweet, full but sufficient acidity too. Broad and satin textured, Totally seductive and very long. It tastes stronger than 13.5%. 70 year-old Roussanne vines. Half oaked.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/24/2010
Young and oily. Beautiful nose. plenty to go.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/23/2009
Wonderful purity and depth; classic honeyed palate with right amount of acidity; perfect with roast pork and sauerkraut; drinking well now but plenty of time left
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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The standard bearer of fine white wine from the Southern Rhone showcased just what distinguishes it from the pack, as its haunting depth and marathon length were on full display once the cork was popped. A pure Roussanne, from 50 plus year old vines, explodes w/ waves of orange marmalade, honey coated pineapples, lanolin, buttered walnuts and green tea notes that coat the saturate the palate w/ thick, intense flesh. The texture can be likened to flan, as the wine?s low acid, pleasure-filled thrill-ride overwhelms the senses to infinity. Depending upon the vintage, Beaucastel?s expressions can achieve what is perhaps the apex of the varietal
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