2005 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 3.0L

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2005 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape

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International Wine Cellar | 94

($95) Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. "It's the opposite of a bimbo wine," Perrin offered.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Fabulous aromas of sweet fruit, beginning of leather and then really meaty on the palate, seasoned with pepper and spice. Silky texture. Mouthwatering and elegant. Still so much more to come. (JH)

Drink Dates: 2011-2020
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 94+

The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience.

Drink Dates: 2014-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | 96

Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it.

Drink Dates: 2011-2030
Author: James Molesworth


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Score: 95
Author: rjblanton
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/12/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2035
Ripe blackberry and licorice were readily apparent. My friend, with whom I was drinking, noticed a subtle hint of tobacco. I regret that I didn't have a decanter available at the time. However, I am delighted I have one more bottle, which I will not touch for another 5-6 years.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/05/2013
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0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 94
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/24/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 96
Author: JThomas31
Trust Rating: 85
Tasted On: 09/24/2009

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Score: 93
Author: Ivan Chang
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2013-2030
Clear, deep dark ruby. Clean. A medium nose of cooked cherries, plums, sweet spices, herbs, vanilla and a slight hint of smoke and leather. Some mint as well. Dry, high tannins (but quite fine and silky). Medium acidity, high intensity. More leathery notes on the palate. Big. Long sweet finish. Would be nicer if there is a bit more acidity. Outstanding quality. High priced. Should wait for another 5 years before drinking.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2001 (1.5L)
2000 (750ml)
1998 (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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