1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1068069 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an awesome wine with the usual Beaucastel meat, earth and game notes backed up by ripe, clean dark fruit aromas. The palate is stunning and shows considerable structure and a precise, almost angular character. Much more structured and precise in the mouth than the 1990, this has a long, beautiful finish. (JebDunnuck.com)  (4/2008)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades. (RP)  (1/2003)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. *Ranked #1 on Top 100 of 1991, Cellar Selection* (JS)  (10/1991)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid crimson. Immensely thick and sweet. Served blind and went particularly well with the spiced duck. Really rich and fully evolved with layers of spiciness itself. Rather glorious. Wrapped itself round the palate. 18/20 points.  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Beaucastel ’89 has a wonderful nose of bacon fat, dusty black fruits and a hint of menthol. Great definition. The palate is both vibrant and well-defined with more garrigues elements than previous bottles although it is still endowed with that sensuous, silky finish. A seductive, harmonious and almost effortless Chateauneuf-du-Pape that I think is a point. Drink now-2020." (11/2008)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape