2001 Beaucastel Chateauneuf Du Pape
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, violet, oak, smoke, toast, vanilla, currant, blueberry and strawberry
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, mint, spice box and cedar
"Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990, although I donâ€™t see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, earthy expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802"