1990 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel that will last another 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2023
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Not as appealing as the '89, our Wine of the Year in 1991, but it's a generous, concentrated, intensely fruity Châteauneuf that blends mouthfilling flavors with complex cedar, spice and leather accents. Sturdy tannins and solid acidity mark this as a good candidate to cellar. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 17,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1996+


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

After the 1998, a sudden jump to all the signs of maturity: herbs and leather and undergrowth but still fragrant on the mid palate. Silky and sweet in the mouth with a touch of black truffle and tobacco leaf. Tannins are resolved but still a little foursquare. (Went very well with deer.) (JH)

Drink Dates: 1998-2015
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2002-2023
Consistent notes with significant improvement in bottle typical of Beaucastle. Beautiful mahogany-brick red color; less of the typical Beaucastel barnyard bret than in other vintages; profound smoky/gamey nose w/leather tobacco & exotic spices; similar flavors on the palate; soft integrated tannins; rich, complex and well-balanced; a masculine style wine but with no hard edges; amazingly long, rich & complex finish. A great Beaucastle that is fully mature now and will continue to drink well for several more years.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/18/2013
Ready to go. Fill starting to shoulder down, however. Still lots of fruit but not entirely integrated.

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Rating: 91
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/24/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2016
Forward nose of cedar & dried fruits with beautiful balance on the pallet. Lingering after taste with sufficient fruit to age well for the near future.

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Rating: 90
Author: TAs Super Cellar
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/13/2015
Dark red robe; slightly musty on the nose at first but it gradually opened; showed quite a lot of sediment and would have benefitted from a prolonged decanting; notes of spices and black fruits on the palate; the finish was not long suggesting it is past its peak

Rating: 85
Author: MikeA
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/23/2011
Cow Dung? Barnyard, earthy funk, but still some rasberry buried way down deep. I loved it, a few thought the barnyard was too much

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Average rating: 93, based on 8 reviews
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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend


"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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