2016 Beaucastel Chateauneuf Du Pape RougeBlend from France
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"The 2016 vintage is a young wine of rare quality! Deep ruby in appearance the nose is very fresh, with notes of chocolate. The mouth is round and reveals ripe fruit, soft tann...
- 99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 97 Wine Spectator
- 97 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 96+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 96 Decanter
99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple & black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers & herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins & an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold".
97 Wine Spectator
#6 on Wine Spectator Top 100
"Youthfully reticent, but warm and polished in feel, with a large core of cassis, raspberry and cherry puree notes lying in wait for now. Threads of red licorice, warm stone and singed mesquite and cedar emerge steadily through the lengthy finish as the fruit unwinds slowly. Concentrated yet precise. Sock this away in the cellar. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Best from 2023 through 2040. 6,250 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. — JM"
97 Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity.
This storied property continues to hit on all cylinders. Marc Perrin describes 2017 as "a 'Californian' kind of vintage," but also says, "It's amazing how balanced the wines are. Across the board, these are the best pair of vintages since 89/90. I love the balance … and the best word for 2016 is purity. I don't think we've done a better vintage since I'm part of it." Certainly, the wines are breathtaking at the upper levels, but the Perrin family continues to put effort into the entry-level wines as well, from the Coudelet de Beaucastel, which is always one of the top Côtes du Rhône wines, to the other wines reviewed under the Famille Perrin heading."
96+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"Being bottled the day of my visit, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, & the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, & tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, & garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that's going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age & keep for two decades. It reminds me of the 2001."---Jeb Dunnuck
"The nose is tightly wound for now, but shows fresh black fruits and an underlying herbal seam. It’s full-bodied but immediately lifted and fresh on the palate, with powerful fruit and a dense lattice of ripe tannins. It is beautifully textured, very straight in style, with great length and energy. It’s already very well integrated and balanced. Tight, refreshing, mineral and intense. A truly excellent Beaucastel."
"The 2016 vintage is a young wine of rare quality! Deep ruby in appearance the nose is very fresh, with notes of chocolate. The mouth is round and reveals ripe fruit, soft tannins and good length. Gorgeous acidity and balance.
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties. " - Winery
|Sub-Region||Chateauneuf du Pape|
99 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
97 - Wine Spectator
97 - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96+ - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
96 - Decanter
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Cinsault, Counoise, Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast , vanilla, strawberry, musk, violet, oak, smoke, toast, currant and blueberry|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper , mint, game, tar, dust, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, spice box and cedar|