Château de Beaucastel

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend

9.1172 ratings
9.166 pro ratings
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, Rhône, France
Red Rhone Blend
Tomato-Based, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Mushrooms, Onion, Pungent Cheese, Venison, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Pork, Beef
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Gorgeous! Elegant, soulful, texturally pleasing with its richness and suave imprint. Complimentary facets of juicy grenache and mourvedre sauvage; rich roasted fruit, savory earth, spices, minerals, flowers, and animal. Salty underpinnings that really began to gain complexity with air, leather towards the end of the bottle. Brett interwoven and in check to me.

Gorgeous! Elegant, soulful, texturally pleasing with its richness and suave imprint. Complimentary facets of juicy grenache and mourvedre sauvage; rich roasted fruit, savory earth, spices, minerals, flowers, and animal. Salty underpinnings that really began to gain complexity with air, leather towards the end of the bottle. Brett interwoven and in check to me.

Nov 25th, 2018
Matt Trader

Another fantastic pull - 1998 is drinking so well and yet can see another 10+ years.

Another fantastic pull - 1998 is drinking so well and yet can see another 10+ years.

1 person found it helpfulApr 22nd, 2019
"Odedi"

This is a very nice, 21 year old, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper and spices.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle as well.

This 1998 was a great vintage. This is a wonderful experience, yummy and delicious.

Served from a Magnum.

93 points.

This is a very nice, 21 year old, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper and spices.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle as well.

This 1998 was a great vintage. This is a wonderful experience, yummy and delicious.

Served from a Magnum.

93 points.

1 person found it helpfulMar 19th, 2019
Boxer Briefs

Opened two bottles, both were in great shape. Manageable Brett, slight bottle variation, one seemed to be more concentrated than the other. Fun stuff, corks were in great shape. These aren’t getting better.

Opened two bottles, both were in great shape. Manageable Brett, slight bottle variation, one seemed to be more concentrated than the other. Fun stuff, corks were in great shape. These aren’t getting better.

1 person found it helpfulAug 14th, 2018
Charles (Chad) Bucklin

Owner and founder of C. T. Bucklin Wine Advising

8.9

From #magnum I was a touch concerned with the past storage conditions of this bottle based off the color, a loose structure and oxidative notes. Complexity and character were good but the structure was lacking taking away from the potential energy and length. #1998 #chateauneufdupape #chateaudubeacastel #rhonevalley #ctbucklinwine

From #magnum I was a touch concerned with the past storage conditions of this bottle based off the color, a loose structure and oxidative notes. Complexity and character were good but the structure was lacking taking away from the potential energy and length. #1998 #chateauneufdupape #chateaudubeacastel #rhonevalley #ctbucklinwine

1 person found it helpfulJan 9th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Surprise bottle at the end of the tasting. A real treat. Garnet red with medium intensity and quite a bit of sediment. Layered nose with soft blackberries, soft black cherries, and a soft undertone of provenance herbs (lavender). Palate floats right across your tongue with some light red cherries, some toasted wood and a little leather. Still solid moderate tannins (5.5/10) and well integrated with the solid acidity. Medium to light bodied with great structure and texture. Moderate plus finish with a dryness to it. Drink till 2020.

Surprise bottle at the end of the tasting. A real treat. Garnet red with medium intensity and quite a bit of sediment. Layered nose with soft blackberries, soft black cherries, and a soft undertone of provenance herbs (lavender). Palate floats right across your tongue with some light red cherries, some toasted wood and a little leather. Still solid moderate tannins (5.5/10) and well integrated with the solid acidity. Medium to light bodied with great structure and texture. Moderate plus finish with a dryness to it. Drink till 2020.

1 person found it helpfulOct 13th, 2016
John Sweeney

1998 - drink up now. This is not going to get any better. Very evolved, soy sauce, barnyard, and pruny. I know this is a controversial wine but this is disappointing.

1998 - drink up now. This is not going to get any better. Very evolved, soy sauce, barnyard, and pruny. I know this is a controversial wine but this is disappointing.

1 person found it helpfulMar 9th, 2015
Kevin Arndt

Specialist Grand Vin Colorado

9.5

In a very good place right now.
Tannins are grippy but starting to mellow. Fruit still very vibrant. Long persistent finish. White pepper, thyme, beautiful dried red fruits.

In a very good place right now.
Tannins are grippy but starting to mellow. Fruit still very vibrant. Long persistent finish. White pepper, thyme, beautiful dried red fruits.

Jun 17th, 2017
Mike Saviage

Dark ruby. Nose of plums, earth, herbs and brush. With air the wine got better in the mouth and had a finish that grew with each sip. Can get better with some additional age. Give it lots of air.

Dark ruby. Nose of plums, earth, herbs and brush. With air the wine got better in the mouth and had a finish that grew with each sip. Can get better with some additional age. Give it lots of air.

Apr 1st, 2017
Michael Herzog

A little long in the tooth. Decanter for 3 hours and just never got as big as I expected..

A little long in the tooth. Decanter for 3 hours and just never got as big as I expected..

Jan 1st, 2017