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2005 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • 95 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47169-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($95) Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. |It's the opposite of a bimbo wine,| Perrin offered.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Fabulous aromas of sweet fruit, beginning of leather and then really meaty on the palate, seasoned with pepper and spice. Silky texture. Mouthwatering and elegant. Still so much more to come. (JH)
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2030
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Reminiscent of the 1995, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is tight, structured and backward, with high acidity and tannin. Showing notes of blackcurrants, black raspberry, truffle, damp earth and cedar, with medium to full-bodied richness and depth, it needs another 3-5 years to reach the early stages of maturity, at which point it will hold for another decade or more.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2035
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: CinciChad
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: JThomas31
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Edward O88
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: gubarra
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: hctrimmer
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    Drink Dates: 2011-2035
    Author: murban
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Beautiful dark ruby purple color on this full bodied powerful Beaucastel. Aromas of licorice, dark fruits and some meaty juices. Initially the tannins are strong but blend in nicely after a while, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. This one will be one for the ages - I can't wait to have the next one five years from now.
    Author: StefanBoedeker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Clear, deep dark ruby. Clean. A medium nose of cooked cherries, plums, sweet spices, herbs, vanilla and a slight hint of smoke and leather. Some mint as well. Dry, high tannins (but quite fine and silky). Medium acidity, high intensity. More leathery notes on the palate. Big. Long sweet finish. Would be nicer if there is a bit more acidity. Outstanding quality. High priced. Should wait for another 5 years before drinking.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2030
    Author: Ivan Chang
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    Author: Beth C
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030. 15,000 cases made. 'JM Score: 96 Release Price: $95 Country: France Region: Southern Rh“ne Special Designation: Collectibles Issue: Web Only (2007)
    Drink Dates: 2011-2030
    Author: davidjohnson98
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Ripe blackberry and licorice were readily apparent. My friend, with whom I was drinking, noticed a subtle hint of tobacco. I regret that I didn't have a decanter available at the time. However, I am delighted I have one more bottle, which I will not touch for another 5-6 years.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2035
    Author: rjblanton
  • Self | Rating:

    Young. Fruity. Will be excellent with age. Very tight. Tons of character.
    Author: David W294
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)

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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

  • 3522 bottles owned
  • 534 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 534 collectors)