1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #160053 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very youthful, with a ripe core of red currant and raspberry fruit and licorice flavor surrounded by creamy tannins. Plenty of smoke, mineral and tobacco notes chiming in, but this still has a ways to go, with plenty of grip still on the finish. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2006)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The 1995 vintage was hot and dry, with good weather through to the end of the harvest. It's matured beautifully with 22 years now under its belt. It has a highly spiced nose of star anise, incense, raspberry and poached strawberry. It's beginning to show its age on the palate and is decidedly mellow, its alcohol starting to appear a little raised. It's full-bodied and flowing in the mouth, with good acidity and some very fine tannins still remaining. Spicy notes help maintain freshness on the finish, and although it's fraying slightly at the edges as it approaches the end of its long life, it still has pleasure to give. Time to start drinking up, but there's no immediate rush if it's been stored in good conditions. (MW) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A light nose of red cherries, raspberry, lawn cuttings and a touch of iron rust, all with very fine definition and lift. The palate is soft on the entry, full of rounded red-berried fruit with a touch of leather. Very harmonious, gaining weight all the time in the glass with gamey, animally notes becoming ever more intense with great poise and tension on the tannic finish. A feminine, wily Beaucastel with a long plateau ahead. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2009)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark While the ’96 seems ready to go, this bottle of 1995 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape started open and lush but slowly firmed up, presenting an almost clean, civilized bouquet of earthy black cherry, truffle, roasted meats, and a touch of tobacco. I love the clarity and focus on the nose. The palate follows suit with medium body, plenty of ripe fruit, a smooth, balanced character and a classy finish. After a less than stellar showing by a recent bottle, this reaffirms my belief that this has a long life ahead of it. Will it improve? I don’t know and it’s certainly delicious now. 92+ Inner quote mark (8/2010)

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