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2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel (750ml)
Producer: Domaines Perrin beaucastel.com
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Mourvèdre - Syrah - Counoise
Maturity: Hold
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$85.00
Description: 96 pts JM 94 pts RP
Tasting Notes:
rated: February 4, 2013 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
96 points "One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Wine Advocate -- 94pts 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate's classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years." Best 2015-2026