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1998 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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$125.00

Ratings

WA 96
WS 95

Quick Overview

The red wine of Beaucastel is structured, intense yet lean, partially thanks to the large percentage of Mourvedre - about 30% - in the final blend.

Product Overview

The red wine of Beaucastel is structured, intense yet lean, partially thanks to the large percentage of Mourvedre - about 30% - in the final blend. Its austere tannic backbone and resistance to oxidation help Beaucastel age gracefully. Grenache (30%) contributes a warming sensation of ripe fruit and a velvety feeling in the mouth. Syrah at 10%, and Muscardin and Vaccarese with around 5% each, add colour and spicy aromas while increasing the wines ageing potential. 5% of Cinsault is added for softness and its special bouquet. The remainder is made up of small quantities of the seven other varieties allowed in Châteauneuf du Pape. They add that extra note of graceful complexity which make Château de Beaucastel such an extraordinary wine.

Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 1998
Varietal Rhone Blend
Producer Chateau de Beaucastel
Region Rhone Valley
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Color Red
Country France
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Price $125.00

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 96
This wine performed even better than my high accolades in issue #131 suggested. The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is the greatest effort produced since Beaucastel's 1989 and 1990. It reveals more accessibility, no doubt because the final blend included more Grenache than normal. Its dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of blackberries, licorice, new saddle leather, and earth. There is superb concentration, full body, low acidity, and high tannin, but it is surprisingly drinkable for such a young Beaucastel. Ideally, it needs another 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30 years.

Wine Spectactor (WS) Review

WS 95
Very youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just starting to hit its stride.--1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027.
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