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 RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18Fabulous 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: 2011-2020Author: Julia Harding MW
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96Really 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: 2011-2030Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95Reminiscent 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: 2017-2035Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Self | Rating: 93Author: CinciChad
Self | Rating: 96Author: JThomas31
Self | Rating: 93Author: Edward O88
Self | Rating: 95Author: gubarra
Self | Rating: 95Author: Mcaz
Self | Rating: 95Author: Stephen G41
Self | Rating: 96Author: hctrimmer
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2011-2035Author: murban
Self | Rating: 97Beautiful 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: 93Clear, 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: 2013-2030Author: Ivan Chang
Self | Rating:Q-25Author: Beth C
Self | Rating: 96Really 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: 2011-2030Author: davidjohnson98
Self | Rating: 95Ripe 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: 2013-2035Author: rjblanton
Self | Rating:Young. Fruity. Will be excellent with age. Very tight. Tons of character.Author: David W294
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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
- 3522 bottles owned
- 534 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 534 collectors)