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1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1068069 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an awesome wine with the usual Beaucastel meat, earth and game notes backed up by ripe, clean dark fruit aromas. The palate is stunning and shows considerable structure and a precise, almost angular character. Much more structured and precise in the mouth than the 1990, this has a long, beautiful finish. Inner quote mark (4/2008)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (1/2003)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. *Top Wine of 1991* (JS) Inner quote mark (10/1991)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have always been a fan of the 1989 Château Beaucastel, which I rank just behind the superb 1981 at this fine estate. The most recent bottle I tasted of this wine was still just a touch youthful, but offered up fine complexity on both the nose and palate and shows excellent promise. The bouquet is a blend of roasted fruitcake, cherries, new leather, venison, incipient notes of sous bois, woodsmoke and hot stones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with a bit of tannin still to resolve, fine focus and grip and a very long, classy and slightly chewy finish. I would be tempted to give this wine a few more years to really resolve, as it will be a superb wine and it would be most enjoyable to drink it at the same plateau that the 1981 has been enjoying for a good decade already. 93+ Inner quote mark (8/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Mid crimson. Immensely thick and sweet. Served blind and went particularly well with the spiced duck. Really rich and fully evolved with layers of spiciness itself. Rather glorious. Wrapped itself round the palate. (JR) 18/20 Inner quote mark (12/2015)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Beaucastel ’89 has a wonderful nose of bacon fat, dusty black fruits and a hint of menthol. Great definition. The palate is both vibrant and well-defined with more garrigues elements than previous bottles although it is still endowed with that sensuous, silky finish. A seductive, harmonious and almost effortless Chateauneuf-du-Pape that I think is a point." (11/2008)

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