CDP Château de Beaucastel Rouge, Domaines Perrin 2005

RegionRhône
SubregionChateauneuf-du-Pape
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience. I can’t see it being close to drinkable before 2014 and lasting up to 30 or more years.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (173), October 2007

The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, which is the standard blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Counoise, and the other permitted red varietals, exhibits a deep purple color and a sweet nose of blackberry, licorice, pepper, Chinese black tea, and considerable spice box and truffle. The wine is medium to full-bodied, and has terrific weight, richness, and moderately high tannins and crisp acidity. Like most 2005s in Chateauneuf du Pape, there is weight, power, richness, but also lots of vibrancy and delineation because of the fresh acids. This wine will require patience, and 4-5 years of cellaring is recommended, perhaps even longer. It will keep for 20+ years.

Score: 93/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (169), February 2007

Cask sample at Farr Vintners. A limpid ruby hue. A lush, voluptuous nose with great definition. Cherry, bales of hay, espresso and earth. The palate is full-bodied and dense with red-berried fruit, white pepper, sour cherry and earth. Very backward with saddle-leather on the finish. The final blend should be a treat. Tasted December 2006. Drinking 2012-2020.

Score: 93+Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, June 2007

Deep ruby. Intense dark berry scents expand and deepen with air, picking up dusky espresso and licorice tones. Lush, powerful and sweet, with impressively concentrated, pure dark berry flavors and supple, finely integrated tannins. There's a great fruit/tannin balance here, and the supple finish boasts impressively concentrated and remarkably persistent cherry and blackberry fruit.

Score: 93/96Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January 2007

Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.

Score: 96James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), Wine Spectator, April 2008

Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.

Score: 96James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), WineSpectator.com, December 2007

Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. "It's the opposite of a bimbo wine," Perrin offered.

Score: 94Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, January 2008

Bright crimson. Firm and luscious and very, very gorgeous in terms of plush ripe fruit. Almost port sort of richess. You almost have to work at finding the tannins underneath. A pre-blend from demi-muid. Lovely stuff already! Drink 2012-22

Score: 18.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2006

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