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2001 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 96 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47169-2001-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($75) Bright ruby-red. Liqueur-like raspberry, licorice and a medicinal quality on the nose. Then quite backward in the mouth, with very primary dark berry and black cherry flavors hinting at great ripeness. Quite primary today and less animal than usual for a young Beaucastel. Elegant, slow-building finish features fine-grained tannins and excellent grip.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990, although I don't see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, earthy expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Much more developed than the 2005. A lot more undergrowth and leather and tertiary characters. Very leathery on the palate but not at all lean. No primary fruit remaining but the fruit flesh is still there. And the tannins still surprisingly present. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Ripe and fleshy, with lots of black cherry, plum, anise and tar flavors riding along a succulent palate. Sweet and velvety on the finish; this is drinkable now but will age easily. 5,000 cases imported.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Anonymous | Rating: 96

    Author: Yukari O
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Jimmy
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: wineangelo
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Anthony Hotmail
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2008-2025
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Plum, meat, herbs, leather. Heavy but bright.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: Kyungju
  • Self | Rating: 97

    To me, this wine was the surprise of the evening as I had never tasted it previously and did not expect it to wow me more than the 2000 did. Boy, were my pre-conceived notions inaccurate! This was, hand down, the darkest, deepest and most seriously structured Beaucastel of the tasting and is an absolute masterpiece in the making. Black cherry, raspberry ganache, cocoa, garrigue and grilled meats power their way through the senses. A thick, opulent palate slowly unfolds to hint at its core of pure, dark fruit, massive concentration and show-stopping potential. Compared to its sibling vintages, this 2001 had by far the most intense, cascading finish that is sure to foreshadow a remarkable future
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating:

    very good but a bit harsh
    Author: Ned G142
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

  • 4098 bottles owned
  • 560 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 560 collectors)