2018 Beaucastel Chateauneuf Du Pape RougeBlend from France
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- 95+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 95 Wine Spectator
95+ Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
At the moment, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape bucks the vintage trend toward open, expressive wines, seeming a bit closed on the nose and tight on the palate. It also shows a bit more depth and tannin than many of its peers. A blend of 30% each Grenache and Mourvèdre, with 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise and smaller amounts of other permitted varieties (including some white grapes), it delivers hints of mixed red berries and garrigue, a medium to full-bodied feel in the mouth, some dusty tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. Give it another couple of years to soften and reopen, then drink it over the next decade and a half.
95 Wine Spectator
Really pure in profile and alluring in feel, with cassis and cherry puree notes seamlessly layered with melted red licorice and fruitcake notes. A dash of roasted apple wood underscores the finish, letting the fruit be the primary player. Subtle mesquite and incense accents are tucked in the background for now. Approachable, but no rush. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Terret, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Picardan and Roussanne. Drink now through 2038. 1,636 cases imported. — JM
|Sub-Region||Chateauneuf du Pape|
95+ - Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut, Syrah , Counoise|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, blackberry , violet , oak , smoke , toast , vanilla, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke and toast|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, thyme , clove , cinnamon , black pepper , mint, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon and black pepper|