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1995 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: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$69.95
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 19, 2008 , Donald Oldmixon
94 points "Color: deep; Nose: complex; Aromas: black berry; Acidity: crisp; Sweetness: dry; Body: alcoholic; Finish: very persistent; Overall: elegant; WOW"
tasted: April 20, 2008 , Shawn Wallace
98 points "Color: deep; Nose: complex; Aromas: red berry, dried fruit; Acidity: flat; Sweetness: dry; Body: full-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: elegant; this is unreal and will keep on being so for some time." Best 2008-2030
rated: May 17, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
92 points "- Jan 2003 - Still closed and tannic, the 1995 requires an additional 5-6 years of cellaring. It should keep well through 2020." Best 2008-2020
rated: November 1, 1998 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
92 points
rated: September 24, 2006 , mary wigand
"WA 93 (10/1997): The classic 1995 Chateauneuf du Pape will require discipline. Like most top vintages of Beaucastel, a decade of patience will be warranted before this wine will be enjoyable to drink. Given how tight and closed the 1993 and 1994 are, it is the rare vintage of Beaucastel (1989, 1990, and 1995) that is accessible in its youth, yet they will remain capable of aging for 20-25 years. In some ways, proprietors Francois and Jean-Pierre Perrin might be accused of trying to make the wine too long-lived, as if this is the primary merit to a great red wine. The 1995 will have three decades of longevity, but it will not be approachable before 2006. It exhibits a deep dark ruby/purple color, and a provocative (probably controversial) aromatic profile of animal fur, tar, truffles, black cherries, cassis, licorice, and minerals. A medium to full-bodied wine, with a boatload of tannin, considerable grip and structure, and a weighty feel in the mouth, this appears to be a classic vin de garde made in the style of the 1978 Beaucastel (which is still not close to full maturity). Prospective purchasers over the age of forty should be buying this wine for their children. "