Textbook Beaucastel nose of cedar, roasted chestnuts, dried clove and orange peel. The palate is rich and smoky, with an underlying briary edginess. Hot stones, tobacco and dried cherries linger on the finish. Still going strong. Drink now through 2016. 96 points.
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Had this to celebrate a friends first anniversary.
Nose - cedar, leather, earth, wet leaf, cherry, black raspberry, currant and floral.
Palate - lovely integration of fruit and earthy characteristics....seemless. An almost subtle blue cheese note is really nice, cedar, leather, tart cherries, meaty and savoury. So elegant....wow. Aerate it and it explodes.
Finish is long....complex and layered and come at u at different angles....the earth, wet leaf, chery, cedar, leather, herbs and a myriad of other things. This really makes u think! I love it.
Almost classic...a bit flater on the palate then the last 90 but none the less unreal and an experience
94+points
Thanks for the notes. I havn't revisited this wine for a couple years. Last week I had tried two 1998 Beaucastel blind at a tasting and found quite alot of bottle variation after the wines were unwrapped. Any thoughts on on your experience with the 1998? I know Baird had a 375 ml bottle recently that he posted as closed? I thought the first bottle was closed, but the second one was showing pretty well?
board-o posted:

We had another one of these this evening. Some cedar and cherries on the nose and a palate with ripe red berries and a complex finish that didn't fade. This is about the finest CdP I've ever had. 98 now and possibly still improving.

Thanks for the note board-o. Do you think beaucastel in general needs more time than the majority of other cdp producers or do you think a lot of the top cdp wines from a good vintage need almost 30 years of age?

mplswineguy posted:
Thanks for the notes. I havn't revisited this wine for a couple years. Last week I had tried two 1998 Beaucastel blind at a tasting and found quite alot of bottle variation after the wines were unwrapped. Any thoughts on on your experience with the 1998? I know Baird had a 375 ml bottle recently that he posted as closed? I thought the first bottle was closed, but the second one was showing pretty well?

I just had this for my daughter's birthday wine. I do not have the descriptors that some have here, but I thought it was still very good. The price tag, which was still on the bottle, was for $19.95. I actually have a second bottle.

Mimik, Beaucastel from a great year like 1990 can improve for 30 or 40 years, providing proper provenance. Mine have been in my cellar since release.

Old guy, mine showed no hint of bricking or tiring. I know I have at least one more and I will not be in a hurry to open it.

board-o posted:

Mimik, Beaucastel from a great year like 1990 can improve for 30 or 40 years, providing proper provenance. Mine have been in my cellar since release.

Old guy, mine showed no hint of bricking or tiring. I know I have at least one more and I will not be in a hurry to open it.

May you be in good shape when it reaches it "peak".  Of course, "peak" is hugely subjective because these are such long-lived wines that there is plenty of room for preferences as they evolve.  I recall drinking a mid-tier CdP at 55 and 56 years of age that was remarkably vibrant for a while ('a '53 consumed in '08 and '09) that cemented my opinion of the ageability of these wines.

Consume these whenever you want, although I would avoid Château de Beaucastel from ages ~8 to 15-20.

sd-wineaux posted:

... I would avoid Château de Beaucastel from ages ~8 to 15-20.

Why do you say that?  We've had similar discussions in the past about white rhones, but what about red CdP?  At any rate, based on your comment, I will put a bottle of 2001 Beaucastel rouge, standing up for a few days, back into the cellar.  Hoping to see you soon.  Cheers!

Just a quick bump to thank you all for your posts on one of my favorite CdPs.  And to remind the WS staff that this thread was begun by James Molesworth almost 13 years ago.  His last post here?  Almost 2 years ago.    C'mon WS people... you can do better than this.

PH

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