Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2007
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Château de Beaucastel|
International Wine CellarSmoky aromas of black raspberry, cola, licorice, tar and dried flowers expand with air while maintaining focus. Extremely fresh, with energetic red and dark berry flavors strongly underscored by candied flowers and minerals. I kept waiting for tannins to come out but it didn't happen. Finishes lush and creamy, with lingering notes of red fruits and tobacco. The blend this year is 30% each of mourvedre and grenache, 10% each of syrah and counoise and the rest "all the others." 93-96
Wine SpectatorThis extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve¿and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.