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1978 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • 90 WA
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47169-1978-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A Beaucastel that has always perplexed me is the 1978. Immediately prior to and after bottling, I thought it had a mid-ninety point potential. While still intact, with a deep ruby/garnet color to the rim as well as a sensational bouquet, the flavors are slightly austere, angular, and tough. It could easily last another 15-20 years, but I don't think it will ever be opulent or charming, or provide the great pleasure I seek in a fine wine.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Anonymous | Rating: 92

    A gift from the original purchaser, with 13 years in my cellar. Unexpectedly firm color for an older wine. Leather spice, mature nose, with a hint of fruit on the palate. Shined next to a lovely roast chicken.
    Drink Dates: 2016+
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 89

    All I can say is |wow|. 36 years old and still a lovely wine, although definitely past its peak. No hint of oxidation, no brown at the edges. Beautiful color (deep ruby red). Most of the nose was gone, however. Started out just a bit on the thin side, but developed for a good 30 minutes in the glass. Cedar, leather, just a hint of smoke. Surprisingly some dark fruits (blackberry) as well.
    Author: Jundt and Maritz wine
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 48 bottles owned
  • 24 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 24 collectors)