2006 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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2006 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 93

($120) Vivid ruby. Spicy, finely etched red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by fresh lavender, herbs and minerals. The palate offers tangy raspberry and cherry skin flavors, with gentle tannins adding shape. Impressively pure, even delicate, with outstanding finishing clarity and length. This beguiles rather than brutalizes; I underestimated it last year.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 142

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Wine Advocate | 95

As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel's 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003.

Drink Dates: 2012-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 179

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Wine Spectator | 95

Powerful, with a round, almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry fruit all layered with cocoa, sweet toast, mesquite and fig paste. Long and rich through the finish. Still quite primal, with lots in reserve.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: James Molesworth
Issue: Web

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Score: 94
Author: NCL
Trust Rating: 94
Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Score: 94
Author: Zarm
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 09/09/2013
Showing very little age. Red black color, with blackberry liqueur and minerally licorice aromas and flavors, and very subtle smooth tannins. Dense and concentrated but with good lift and freshness thanks to the superb balance and underlying acidity. Wonderful nose, strong lush midpalate, followed by long finish.

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Score: 92
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/07/2012
Good. Initially seemed to have a little corky mustiness, but it blew off and the wine was powerful and flavorful.
Score: 94
Author: TCL
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2012+
Score: 90
Author: Brenda
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/19/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2005 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)
1994 (1.5L)
1990 (750ml)

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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