Chateau Beaucastel is one of the most renowned winemakers in Chateauneuf du Pape. They tend their vineyard organically and each year produce their top blend of roughly 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other nine permitted varietals. We recently received a limited amount of some of their past vintages, we are offering a vertical set to take you back in time. All notes & scores below are from Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate.
4 bottle vertical $450
Add a bottle of the current 2013 release for $95 more.
This is a very special gift for any wine lover or would make a great focus for a special gathering. Again this is very limited and first come first served.
1995 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
The 1995 will have three decades of longevity, but it will not be approachable before 2006. It exhibits a deep dark ruby/purple color, and a provocative (probably controversial) aromatic profile of animal fur, tar, truffles, black cherries, cassis, licorice, and minerals. A medium to full-bodied wine, with a boatload of tannin, considerable grip and structure, and a weighty feel in the mouth, this appears to be a classic vin de garde –93pts Wine Advocate
2000 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
The opaque ruby/purple-colored 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical for Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. 94pts Wine Advocate
2007 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. 96pts Wine Advocate
2009 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape
The 2009 is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. 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. If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. –94pts Wine Advocate
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.