2007 Château de Beaucastel "Coudoulet de Beaucastel" Côtes du Rhône Rouge (Pre-Arrival)
91-93 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet red may be Beaucastel's finest example of this wine since they first introduced it in 1978. A blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Cinsault, and a few other authorized varietals, this sumptuous, deep ruby/purple-tinged Coudoulet exhibits notes of smoky blackberries, roasted meats, incense, licorice, and underbrush. Opulent, sexy, and full-bodied, with abundant tannin, structure, freshness, and precision, this glorious wine should be purchased by the case when released in early 2009." (10/08) 89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dense ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, creme de cassis, underbrush and licorice. Supple and quite suave, with palate-coating dark berry flavors. Spicy and sweet on the finish, with the berry and licorice notes repeating. This fruit bomb will be delicious young." (Jan/Feb 2009) This wine will arrive February 2010.