2007 Château de Beaucastel "Coudoulet de Beaucastel" Côtes du Rhône Rouge
92 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "The blockbuster 2007 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet, always one of the best bargains from the south, may be the finest Coudoulet ever produced. A blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Cinsault, and a few other authorized varietals, is incredibly opulent and rich, with sensational notes of black currants, licorice, smoked herbs, and meat juices, a full-bodied mouthfeel, savory tannins, and good acidity as well as length. This outstanding wine can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years." (10/09) "2007 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone....the red one...maybe the best Coudoulet they have made...just loaded and so very pure and balanced...the essence of a Provencal open air market bottled as wine......should keep for a decade if well stored,but irresistable now...." (Robert Parker 7/19/10) 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) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe but well focused, with a beam of fig and ganache running through the middle, while licorice, mulled spice and incense notes fill in the edges. A tarry hint frames the finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Drink now through 2011." (02/10). 14.5% abv.