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2016 Beaucastel: WA95-97 Châteauneuf and 100-Point Vieilles Vignes Blanc - 11/30/2017 - Rhone Valley

According to all the early reports, 2016 is poised to stand alongside the best vintages in three decades in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The 2016s from Château de Beaucastel, long a bellwether of the region, more than substantiate this claim. With press for the regular Châteauneuf that has it among their best ever, and a publication-best 100-Point mark from Dunnuck for the Vieilles Vignes Blanc, these two are not-to-be-missed for any wine lover. Available here at first tranche, this is your chance to lock in both best pricing and your bottles of what is sure to be two of our best sellers of the year.

Recent great vintages of Beaucastel's Chateauneuf, 2007 and 2010 for example, often retail for around $90 to $120. Top releases of the Blanc VV also sell for a premium, but are also exceedingly rare considering the limited production of the cuvee. The pricing 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. Excellent candidates for long-term aging, these 2016s are sure to reward collectors for many, many years. Demand is always high and we expect a very enthusiastic response for the 2016s, so don’t delay in securing your bottles early.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival) 99 $69.99 View
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 99 $139.99 View
2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) 99 $419.94 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)

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (08/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. (JC)" (08/2018)

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. (MW)" (10/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Being bottled the day of my visit, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, and tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, and garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that's going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. It reminds me of the 2001. 96+" (08/2018)

93-95 points Vinous: "Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Cassis, cherry pit, licorice, garrigue and an intense mineral overtone on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense, palate-staining bitter cherry and dark berry flavors show outstanding depth and become sweeter and more lively with aeration. Picks up a spicy quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows superb clarity and dark-fruit-driven persistence. (JR)" (07/2018)

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

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (08/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. (JC)" (08/2018)

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)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Being bottled the day of my visit, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, and tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, and garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that's going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. It reminds me of the 2001. 96+" (08/2018)

93-95 points Vinous: "Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Cassis, cherry pit, licorice, garrigue and an intense mineral overtone on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense, palate-staining bitter cherry and dark berry flavors show outstanding depth and become sweeter and more lively with aeration. Picks up a spicy quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows superb clarity and dark-fruit-driven persistence. (JR)" (07/2018)

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

99 points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." (08/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. (JC)" (08/2018)

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)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Being bottled the day of my visit, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, and tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, and garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that's going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. It reminds me of the 2001. 96+" (08/2018)

93-95 points Vinous: "Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Cassis, cherry pit, licorice, garrigue and an intense mineral overtone on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense, palate-staining bitter cherry and dark berry flavors show outstanding depth and become sweeter and more lively with aeration. Picks up a spicy quality on the youthfully tannic finish, which shows superb clarity and dark-fruit-driven persistence. (JR)" (07/2018)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will call or local delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2016 Château Beaucastel Roussanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes(6-pack OWC) (Pre-Arrival) - -1 available ($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)