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2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1081788 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape had just been bottled at the time of the tasting but you wouldn’t know it by tasting it. A blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and 20% assorted varieties, the wine delivers a superb aromatic display of kirsch and black cherry-like fruits to go with a solid dose of underlying meat, truffle, earth, and leather. Full-bodied and gorgeously concentrated through the middle, with fleshy, ripe fruit, good acidity, and an abundance of structure ... Inner quote mark (9/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar adding length and dimension. *Collectibles* (JM) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very warm year, this has extremely expressive Grenache fruits, raspberry, some honey and a lithe juicy core. There's a late creeping wave of smooth tannins. Darker plum fruits exude power through the finish. Stunning wine from a very ripe vintage. Inner quote mark (8/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and lavender, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy quality. Shows the richness of the vintage but carries no excess fat. The finish lingers with impressive tenacity and echoes the floral and smoke notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Juicy redcurrant and raspberry fruit with charred meat and earth showing complexity, and a long, fragrant persistence with attractive juniper and liquorice character. Long, layered, engaging, and justifies the weight and heat thanks to powerful fruit concentration. (RH) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The 2009 Beaucastel has oodles of ripeness on the nose of the Beaucastel ’09 with macerated black cherries, cassis, menthol and a touch of honey. The palate is full-bodied with a vivacious coca-tinged entry, robust tannins and a sharp, tense, melted asphalt finish. Superb." (02/2011)


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