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1997 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • 91 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47169-1997-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A clever effort for '97. Dark and fruit-driven, this fresh, compacted Chƒteauneuf delivers blackberry, toasted oak, plum and game. The tannins are well integrated in the ways of modern winemaking.
    Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Good deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of black cherry and bitter chocolate; the 40% mourvedre component gives this wine unusual freshness for a '97. Silky but bright on the palate, with leather and game nuances adding complexity to the black fruit flavors. Brisk finish hints at tree bark and leather.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2000
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Yields for the 1997 Chateauneuf du Pape were tiny, averaging 22 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is one of the most seductive and forward young Beaucastels I have tasted since the 1985. The blend was 35% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Counoise, 5% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, and the rest other southern Rhone varietals. The deep ruby color is accompanied by forward, attractive aromatics consisting of black raspberries, cherries, licorice, floral, and herb scents. The wine is fruit-driven, with less structure than usual, but luscious cassis, licorice, and blackberries inundate the palate with no hard edges. A seductive, supple-textured, medium to full-bodied Beaucastel, this wine should drink well young, and last for 15 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 18

    Author: Speakman57
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2003-2015
    Author: Jeffrey S840
  • Self | Rating:

    From magnum. Deep, nearly opaque garnet with slightly browning edges. Blast of garrigue, hot rocks and a little brett on the nose. Medium body but mouth-filling; fairly firm acids for a '97, giving the fruit a notably |focused ripeness.| Remaining tannins are smooth. Holding up well. Note: Some bottles from the mid-90s (including '93, '94 and '97) can show excessive brett and/or styrene characteristics that may or may not blow off with air. This bottle had neither issue, and was sweet by comparison, although not in an unbalanced way.
    Author: darvid
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Garnet with a very light bricking. Quite tight on the nose with cherry and polished leather notes. Lighter and more restrained than previous bottles but still with the same velvety texture. The palate shows sweet cherry fruit, tobacco, cream and spicy wood all wrapped in dusty tannins. Good length on the finish with nice leathery notes.
    Author: biggsy
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

  • 246 bottles owned
  • 74 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 74 collectors)