Château de Beaucastel, Rouge, AOC Châteauneuf du Pape 2011Regular price €100.00
'Juicy and precise, with tangy red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and a strong mineral note on the back. Spicy on the finish, which shows very good focus and length. This is impressively elegant and should be drinkable on the young side.'
"Although the hot spring and cool, wet July of 2011 made for some challenges (yields were down 50 percent from 2010), this is a lush and inviting vintage of Beaucastel. It stands out not only for the exuberance of its cassis flavor but its purity; if that flavor were a color, it’d be cadmium red. While it should hold well in the cellar for a few years, it is so appealing now it’s hard to think of a reason to wait.".
Wine and Spirits93/100
"Inky ruby. Powerful, expressive aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry and licorice, with suave anise and floral overtones. Juicy and precise, with tangy red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and a strong mineral note on the back. Spicy on the finish, which shows very good focus and length. This is impressively elegant and should be drinkable on the young side."
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar91-93/100
"Reminiscent of a lighter weight 2009, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up a sweet bouquet of spiced black cherries, plum, truffle, saddle leather and underbrush. Coming from tiny yields (which were down 50% from 2010), this medium to full-bodied 2011 is gorgeously textured and has solid mid-palate depth, terrific purity of fruit and ripe tannin. Relatively approachable and enjoyable even now, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully for 15-20 years."
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate94/100, 11/01/2013
"The 2011 Beaucastel, which is an identical blend, is the result of an incredibly severe triage because of the irregularity of ripening essentially across all varieties in 2011. The wine displays some tannin, is medium to full-bodied, with lots of Provencal herbs, pepper, incense, blueberry and black currant fruit. It seemed to me that the Mourvedre was showing through strongly when I tasted it. The wine is long, rich, not one of the great vintages by any means, but still very well-made. This wine will need 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well for 15 or more."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate89-92/100
"Very sleek and refined despite the obvious heft, featuring steeped red and black currant fruit studded with bergamot, blood orange, sweet tobacco and alder notes. The long, racy finish has a lovely echo of singed mesquite. Best from 2015 through 2027."
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator94/100, 17/11/2014
«Une Famille redécouvre sa maison à la fin des vacances de printemps. La robe est grenat sombre. Le bouquet est encore légèrement sucré, plein des souvenirs d'exhalaisons minérales, de transats taillés dans le chêne et d'océans de cerises Burlat. Sur le palais, de modernes parfums de bonbons accompagnés de tanins moyennement corsés, songent aux fragrances d'herbes de Provence et d'encens qu'ils ont laissées en rétro-olfaction. La finale est riche, sans excés. Du poivre, du cassis et des bleuets l'accueillent avec bienveillance. L'un des "Grand Cru" de l'appellation.»
France Art de Vivre92/100, 31/10/2013
Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France, celebrated for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the northern extreme of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties, and Beaucastel grows all thirteen grape varieties authorised by the appellation. Château de Beaucastel is 110 hectares in a single plot at the north of the appellation. The terroir is typical of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf: rolled pebbles on the surface and sand, clay and limestone deeper down. The vines are old and have been organically grown for 50 years, which has allowed the roots to grow particularly deep. Each variety is harvested separately and manually. Vinification takes place in oak fermenters for the reductive varieties (Mourvèdre, Syrah) and in traditional enamelled concrete tanks for the other, oxidative grapes. When malolactic fermentation is complete, the different varieties are blended and the blend aged in oak casks for a year before bottling.
|Supplier's website||Château de Beaucastel|
|Appellation||Châteauneuf du Pape|
|Grape variety||30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 10% Counoise, others in small proportions|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Certified organic?||organically produced, to Ecocert standard|