2003 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- 90 WA
- 94 WS
- 93 IWC
- 85 JR
Red Rhône Blend
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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 RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2006
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17A 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: 2007-2020Author: Jancis RobinsonIssue: 01/23/2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90One 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: 2013-2023Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Young 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: 2008-2025Author: James Molesworth
Self | Rating: 91Author: Gilbert
Self | Rating: 93Author: rrrobins
Self | Rating: 93Drink Dates: 2009-2018Author: David W294
Self | Rating: 94Deep 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: 2009-2018Author: StefanBoedeker
Self | Rating: 88Mixed 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: 95Smooth, light but with excellent bodyAuthor: Howard R
Self | Rating: 93Totally ready to drink and enjoy. Decanted for 15 minutes.Drink Dates: 2010-2019Author: kukie
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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
- 1562 bottles owned
- 306 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 306 collectors)