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1989 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend
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SKU: 47169-1989-750-2C
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. Try the beginning of next century.--Chƒteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. 25,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    So delicate and perfumed and yet still well structured on the palate. Seems much younger than the 1990. Graceful, silky, juicy and lingering and hardly any undergrowth or leather as yet. A beautiful wine. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades. (Many purchasers have reported bottle leakage (due to a cork problem) with this vintage. I purchased two cases of this wine, but none of my bottles reveal any sign of leakage. A good friend of mine, Dr. Jay Miller, owner of Bin 604 Wine Sellers in Baltimore, has consistently had a problem with |corked| bottles of the 1989, but no leakage.)
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2001-2020
    Author: jmv
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: SingKevin
  • Self | Rating: 95

    A superb wine in its prime! Still shows the gorgeous fruit it had in its youth. Lavender, spice, violets, and black pepper. Amazing depth and color
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Jay GB
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drinking beautifully with tannins fully absorbed and everything in balance. I don't think this gets any better though. I would drink now
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent
    Author: lakewine
  • Self | Rating:

    Leather, plums, tar, earthiness, spice..... Strong tannins and structure... A great wine... Full, moth coating attack, with a plummy, cassis almost sweet overlay to spicy, leathery base...
    Author: DJS
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Leather, spice, and layer of flora underneath. Great depth of aroma. Great with lamb.
    Author: Gil
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Med. ruby w/ amber rim; lovely nose; absolutely delicious; very complex; soft; long, lingering finish; elegant; good intensity but more finesse than brute power; clean without the bret/barnyard notes typical of Beaucastle; ready, holding well w/plenty of life ahead.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2020
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating:

    Ridiculously good! Tasted in a Rhone tasting, this was the wine of the night. The Popes figured it out! This wine has 27 years on it and has enough life for another 10 or more. I predict this will continue drinking far after 2020, but unlikely it will get any better!
    Author: vegas
  • Self | Rating:

    Semitransparent ruby-orange with thin rim. Gorgeous, soaring aromas -- flavors to match -- mature but still vibrant and sweet CdP melange (garrigue, galets, rosemary, thyme, kirsch, framboise, blood orange, pomegranate, violets, and clean rather than funky leather). A |deft| touch of brett (as one sometimes speaks of oak treatment) that integrates perfectly. Very satisfying and mouth-filling if not as velvety in texture as some bottles I've had (and after an hour, it seemed a bit coarser than when first poured). One senses that this might begin to unravel or delaminate in five or six years, but drinking beautifully now.
    Author: darvid
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Tasted from a magnum, this wine shows that it can still stand at least another decade in the cellar. A slightly muted nose of red fruits, spice, and warm heat. On the palate, the wine is plush with tons of sweet fruit, pepper, and spice. Probably drinking ? point from a 750, from magnum the wine will be better in another five to seven years. The 1991 Wine of the Year according to the Wine Spectator.
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating:

    wine was consumed with jane and dave it was the best beaucastel i have ever dranked. The tannins were all softened out
    Author: hammer
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow. Garnet colored. Strong fragrance of dark cherry wood with typical funk of barn stall. Blows off quickly. Slightly sweet with loads of flavor- cherry, prune, and tobacco, lush tannins, long finish. Can't get any better. Cork leaked a little but had no effect on wine. One of the most unique wines when both young and old I have tasted over the years.
    Author: Johnnymd
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

  • 2592 bottles owned
  • 401 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 401 collectors)