2005 Beaucastel - Chateauneuf du Pape 3.0L

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WS 96   WA 95   IWC 94   JR 18   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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


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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
Issue: 217

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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: Issue 136

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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


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: rjblanton
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/12/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2035
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.

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Rating: 95
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/17/2015

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Rating: 95
Author: gubarra
Tasted On: 06/04/2015

Rating: 94
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/04/2015

Rating: 93
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/05/2013
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Average rating: 94, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

26 bottles owned by 20 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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