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2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape

FRANCE / RHÔNE / CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 90 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
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SKU: 47169-2003-750-3B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($92) Deep, dense red color. Vibrant aromas of aromas of cherry, wild herbs, fresh flowers and minerals. Energetic and sweet, showing no overripe qualities; offers a silky, suave texture and wonderfully pure red berry, fresh plum, kirsch and fig flavors. Those with an aversion to the funky, gamey character that can characterize Beaucastel in |typical| vintages owe it to themselves to check this out. Clearly, the Perrins know what to do with grenache, even if it's not their favorite grape.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    A stew of a wine to go with our braised beef - very rich and herbal but clean, none of the horsey aromas for which young Beaucastel is so notorious. The heatwave vintage didn't seem to have left its calling card of uncomfortably dry tannins in this wine which was already very opulent and flattering.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2020
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 01/23/2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    One of the weaker vintages for this estate yet still outstanding, the 2003 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape delivers a surprisingly fresh profile, yet ten years after the vintage, it is entering the early stages of maturity. Loaded with red and black currants, iron, beef blood, rolled stone and garrigue on the nose, with no roasted fruit or over ripeness, it shines on the palate with excellent depth and richness. Medium to full-bodied, supple and integrated, with plenty of ripe fruit, it should continue to evolve for a handful of years. Consume it over the coming decade, max.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2023
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. 15,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2025
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Gilbert
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: rrrobins
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Deep ruby colored with an aroma of black fruit, spices and herbs and a pleasant earthiness. On the palate the wine was full bodied, dense and nicely textured with nicely blended tannins. Good finish.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: StefanBoedeker
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Mixed reactions; aromas were unexciting, but flavor was good, perhaps a little watery and stemmy. Really powerful grenache, which left me fairly zonked by the end. Mixed.
    Author: Andrew S651
  • Self | Rating:

    Simply delicous on the nose, fabulously gentle beginning, with a smooth accelleration to a long and satisfying finish. I noted spice, smoke, cherry, and other flavors. Very complex and satisfying. A great wine.
    Author: jjwickham
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Smooth, light but with excellent body
    Author: Howard R
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Totally ready to drink and enjoy. Decanted for 15 minutes.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2019
    Author: kukie
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.

Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Ch. Beaucastel (Show #142, 42:50 min 20 MB)

See other similar producers:Clos du Mont Olivet,Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils

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

  • 1562 bottles owned
  • 306 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 306 collectors)