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WA95-97: Your First Opportunity on the Much Anticipated 2016 Beaucastel - 11/10/2017 - Rhone Valley

According to all the early reports, 2016 is poised to stand along the the best vintages in three decades in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2016 from Château de Beaucastel, long a bellwether of the region, more than substantiates this claim. Earning a potential score of 95-97 points from the Wine Advocate and 94-97 from Jeb Dunnuck, its illustrious status is already well established. Available here at first tranche pricing, this is your chance to lock in both best pricing and your bottles of what is sure to be a sell-out wine. As Jeb Dunnuck notes, 2016 is comparable to such legendary bottlings as 1990, 2007, and 2010. Unlike those vintages, however, the 2016 can be had for well under $100 - priced here at only $69.99. This price is all the more remarkable when you consider the historic nature of this estate. In many ways, Beaucastel is synonymous with Châteauneuf-du-Pape delivering classic renditions from this world-class appellation for five generations. An excellent candidate for long-term aging, the 2016 is sure to reward collectors for many, many years. Demand is always high and we expect a very enthusiastic response for the 2016, so don’t delay and secure your bottles today.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 97 $69.99 View
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $139.99 View
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape(6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $419.94 View
2016 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) 100 $139.99 View
2016 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes(6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $839.94 View


2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) ($69.99)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape takes the quality of the Coudoulet and ratchets it up a notch (or two!). I tasted the preliminary blend from foudre and was blown away by its potential. At 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other permitted varieties, it shows amazing purity in its scents of dark fruit and licorice, richness and weight without any excess of alcohol and a finish that goes on and on. According to Marc Perrin, '2016 has this extra balance that really makes it unique.' But I would point out that the 2015s at this historic property are also top notch. The family continues to espouse the use of foudres for most of their wines, feeling, says Marc, 'We have high levels of tannins already.' If you count all of the holdings outside Châteauneuf, the family owns probably the single largest vineyard estate in the Southern Rhône, with 350 hectares being farmed organically. Those other estates appear under the Famille Perrin heading. (JC)" (10/2017)

96 points Decanter: "The nose is tightly wound for now, but shows fresh black fruits and an underlying herbal seam. It's full-bodied but immediately lifted and fresh on the palate, with powerful fruit and a dense lattice of ripe tannins. It is beautifully textured, very straight in style, with great length and energy. It's already very well integrated and balanced. Tight, refreshing, mineral and intense. A truly excellent Beaucastel.Drinking Window 2023 - 2039.(MW)" (10/2017)

2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($139.99)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape takes the quality of the Coudoulet and ratchets it up a notch (or two!). I tasted the preliminary blend from foudre and was blown away by its potential. At 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other permitted varieties, it shows amazing purity in its scents of dark fruit and licorice, richness and weight without any excess of alcohol and a finish that goes on and on. According to Marc Perrin, '2016 has this extra balance that really makes it unique.' But I would point out that the 2015s at this historic property are also top notch. The family continues to espouse the use of foudres for most of their wines, feeling, says Marc, 'We have high levels of tannins already.' If you count all of the holdings outside Châteauneuf, the family owns probably the single largest vineyard estate in the Southern Rhône, with 350 hectares being farmed organically. Those other estates appear under the Famille Perrin heading. (JC)" (10/2017)

96 points Decanter: "The nose is tightly wound for now, but shows fresh black fruits and an underlying herbal seam. It's full-bodied but immediately lifted and fresh on the palate, with powerful fruit and a dense lattice of ripe tannins. It is beautifully textured, very straight in style, with great length and energy. It's already very well integrated and balanced. Tight, refreshing, mineral and intense. A truly excellent Beaucastel.Drinking Window 2023 - 2039.(MW)" (10/2017)

2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape(6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) ($419.94)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, I was able to taste all of the components of the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and this will unquestionably be another terrific vintage from this estate. All of the samples had inky, purple colors, classic aromatics, good acidity and freshness, and balanced profiles. The Mourvèdre, in particular, was beautiful. (JebDunnuck.com)" (10/2017)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape takes the quality of the Coudoulet and ratchets it up a notch (or two!). I tasted the preliminary blend from foudre and was blown away by its potential. At 35% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 10% other permitted varieties, it shows amazing purity in its scents of dark fruit and licorice, richness and weight without any excess of alcohol and a finish that goes on and on. According to Marc Perrin, '2016 has this extra balance that really makes it unique.' But I would point out that the 2015s at this historic property are also top notch. The family continues to espouse the use of foudres for most of their wines, feeling, says Marc, 'We have high levels of tannins already.' If you count all of the holdings outside Châteauneuf, the family owns probably the single largest vineyard estate in the Southern Rhône, with 350 hectares being farmed organically. Those other estates appear under the Famille Perrin heading. (JC)" (10/2017)

96 points Decanter: "The nose is tightly wound for now, but shows fresh black fruits and an underlying herbal seam. It's full-bodied but immediately lifted and fresh on the palate, with powerful fruit and a dense lattice of ripe tannins. It is beautifully textured, very straight in style, with great length and energy. It's already very well integrated and balanced. Tight, refreshing, mineral and intense. A truly excellent Beaucastel.Drinking Window 2023 - 2039.(MW)" (10/2017)

2016 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival) ($139.99)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also bottled two weeks ago, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is utterly killer and is as good as it gets. Huge notes of orange blossom, peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and caramelized citrus flow from this insanely good, unctuous, heavenly textured white that possesses full-bodied richness and power, yet stays light, graceful and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 4-6 years, or cellar for a decade or more. Robert Parker once famously called this the Montrachet of the Rhône, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Dont miss this wine!The Perrin family continues to knock it out of the park and have produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2015. In addition, Ive included the Famille Perrin Gigondas releases here as well." (10/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 500-case production of this wine comes from a three-hectare parcel of Roussanne planted in 1909. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes takes the quality of Beaucastel's traditional white and raises it another level. Caramelized pineapple sounds sweet and cloying, but it isn't when it's backed by amazing texture, citrus zest and a briny sensation on the never-ending finish. As this was the last wine of my visit to the estate, I found it especially hard to spit out.(JC)" (10/2017)

2016 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes(6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) ($839.94)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also bottled two weeks ago, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is utterly killer and is as good as it gets. Huge notes of orange blossom, peach, tangerine, honeysuckle, and caramelized citrus flow from this insanely good, unctuous, heavenly textured white that possesses full-bodied richness and power, yet stays light, graceful and perfectly balanced on the palate. Drink bottles anytime over the coming 4-6 years, or cellar for a decade or more. Robert Parker once famously called this the Montrachet of the Rhône, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. Dont miss this wine!The Perrin family continues to knock it out of the park and have produced some of the wines of the vintage in 2015. In addition, Ive included the Famille Perrin Gigondas releases here as well." (10/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 500-case production of this wine comes from a three-hectare parcel of Roussanne planted in 1909. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes takes the quality of Beaucastel's traditional white and raises it another level. Caramelized pineapple sounds sweet and cloying, but it isn't when it's backed by amazing texture, citrus zest and a briny sensation on the never-ending finish. As this was the last wine of my visit to the estate, I found it especially hard to spit out.(JC)" (10/2017)