2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1146876 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive texture. Given all of the fruit and texture here, it will no doubt drink well in its youth, but it should still be alive and kicking after two decades as well.  (10/ 2014)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant ruby. Powerful aromas of candied blackberry, blueberry and licorice, with suggestions of lavender and cracked pepper. Lush, intensely flavored and supple in texture, offering spicy dark berry and cherry compote and olive tapenade flavors complicated by a subtle floral nuance. Finishes sappy and very long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of licorice and chewy, slow-building tannins.  (1/ 2014)

Wine Spectator

 The 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been blended and sits in foudre, waiting to be bottled. It shows the vintage profile beautifully—sleek, pure and long, with very refined structure that lets incense, blood orange, red currant and blackberry fruit play out, while hints of mesquite, spice and anise fill the background on the finish. It's remarkably silky for a young Beaucastel, whose high Mourvèdre component often results in it being one of the more dense and backward wines of the AOC when young. But don't be misled to think that means it will be an early-maturing Beaucastel; this has the density, poise and balance to cellar as well as the top vintages such as 2010 and '05.  (7/ 2014)

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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