1994 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaucastel (1.5L)
93 points from Parker… 'As I stated last year, the 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape is a black/ruby/purple wine with sweet, expansive, chewy fruit. It reminds me of a more concentrated 1985, with nearly the character and size of the prodigious 1989. It possesses the lowest percentage of Grenache (30%) of any Chateauneuf du Pape, and the highest percentage of Mourvedre (40%). For example, the 1993 Beaucastel, which was so tasty early in life, is now locked in a profoundly dumb stage. I am not sure the 1994 will ever close down as much because it is such a sweet, rich, thick, chewy wine with full body, and a superb nose of smoky black fruits, Asian spices, licorice, olives, and herbs. Full, concentrated, and lush, it should drink well for 15-20 years. This wine was tasted between June 1 and June 16, 1996. Beaucastel represents the highest level of serious, artisanal winemaking, but readers need to keep in mind that Beaucastel is the most atypical wine of Chateauneuf du Pape, so different, it almost deserves its own appellation. (Aug-96)'