1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1322116 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Seamless, silky and just drinking perfectly. I don’t think the 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is going to fade anytime soon but I’d drink them if you have them and I can’t imagine this getting better.  (7/2008)

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)

95 points Decanter

 A clear red now, like its peers. There are raisins and earth, here, but it is the menthol note (a Beaucastel hallmark with time) which dominates. Although harmonious and seamless, there is still fine volume and energy to this aromatic profile, and no sign of any drying or decline. On the palate, the wine is lively, powerful, deep and masterful, with typically bright Beaucastel acidity, darkly alluring burnt-raisin fruit, impressively lingering tannins and some herb-and-spice complexities to finish.  (2/2017)

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

 Served blind alongside the 1989 and with just a bit more structure and more gaminess. I thought it the more obviously Beaucastel with masses of evolution on the nose but still a bit of grip on the finish. 18/20 Points (JR)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "It has been several years since I tasted this Beaucastel, and it appears to be entering its graceful decline. Here is has a lovely mulchy, mushroom, black truffle bouquet with dried orange peel, oxtail and dried blood aromas. It is well defined and takes you straight to the southern Rhone. The palate is reticent but opens with coaxing to offer a mellow, animally Chateauneuf that does not quite have the cohesion or brio that it displayed before. Drink now-2017. Tasted January 2017."

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape