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1998 Beaurenard - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 90 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 85 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend

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SKU: 47170-1998-750-2B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Beaurenard's outstanding dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape displays a vivid nose of blackberries, cassis, spice box, and truffles. Full-bodied and dense, with superb texture, a dense mid-palate, and long finish, there is tannin present, but it is sweet and well-integrated.
    Drink Dates: 2001-2014
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85

    Good saturated red. Smoky, roasted, somewhat high-toned aromas of redcurrant, maraschino cherry, mocha, coffee grounds and earth. A bit tight in the mouth, with an odd mixture of exotic and green components. A bit medicinal and tough on the finish. Showing very much as it did a year ago from barrel.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Shows lovely truffle, spice box, dried currant and date aromas and flavors, with fine-grained tannins that leave a hint of cinnamon and a lovely lingering note of wet earth on the still fleshy finish.--1998 Chateauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2015. 7,500 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Author: Justin G
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: TheRhoneStore
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Tiffani J417
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Best bottle yet. Good color, ripe, stylish & plenty of depth on the nose, soft, med.-bodied, well-structured, some fat, less of the So. Rhone spiciness; a rich, fullish wine on the palate w/a long lovely complex finish; balanced; succulent; juicy; elegant.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2014
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Lighter CDP. Fabulous nose of raspberry jam. Copious red fruit flavors. Nice finish.
    Author: Rockitman
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Lots of cherry, probably too much giving it a one-dimensional feel. Also, too much alcohol. I expected a better showing than this.
    Author: Gilligan
  • Self | Rating: 91

    much better bottle than last one. Beautiful tannins. smoky, currants and cinnamon. A bit medicinal at the end.
    Author: flwine

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 168 bottles owned
  • 51 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 51 collectors)