2003 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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: Issue 124

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

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


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Howard R
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 10/26/2008
Smooth, light but with excellent body

Rating: 94
Author: StefanBoedeker
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2018
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.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 93
Author: kukie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/06/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2019
Totally ready to drink and enjoy. Decanted for 15 minutes.

Rating: 93
Author: rrrobins
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/30/2011

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 92
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 01/02/2011
Drink Dates: 2009-2018

0 of 1 people found this review useful.


Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

3873 bottles owned by 956 collectors.

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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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