Wine Advocate | Rating: 90Beaurenard'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: 2001-2014Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85Good 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 TanzerIssue: January/February 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Shows 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: 2007-2015Author: James Molesworth
Self | Rating: 85Author: Justin G
Self | Rating: 92Author: TheRhoneStore
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2005-2015Author: Tiffani J417
Self | Rating: 91Best 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: 2004-2014Author: Anthony D526
Self | Rating: 90Lighter CDP. Fabulous nose of raspberry jam. Copious red fruit flavors. Nice finish.Author: Rockitman
Self | Rating: 85Lots 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: 91much better bottle than last one. Beautiful tannins. smoky, currants and cinnamon. A bit medicinal at the end.Author: flwine
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , 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, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. 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 , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
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)