1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #966034 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel... (RP)  (1/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 of 1993, Highly Recommended* A generous, concentrated, intensely fruity Chateauneuf that blends mouthfilling flavors with complex cedar, spice and leather accents. Sturdy tannins and solid acidity mark this as a good candidate to cellar.  (3/1993)

Jancis Robinson

 Rich and pungently, sweetly spicy with no rough edges by now and a certain powdery texture overlaying all that richness. No hint of horse. Very sweet and rewarding. (18/20 points)  (3/2015)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 1990 Beaucastel is still very youthful with an ebullient, cassis-driven bouquet that flourishes with aeration, secondary aromas of bacon fat and wild mushroom, later dried blood, bubbling up to the surface with time. The palate is full-bodied with fleshy, yet there is patently good backbone underneath all that precocious fruit that is neatly counterbalanced by the acidity. It has a sweet finish that remains youthful and it is not as bretty as other bottles I have encountered. Delicious. Tasted January 2013."

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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