Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2016

$89.99

97 Points                                   One of the top-rated Chateauneufs from the vintage - limited. 99 Points James Suckling: "This is a stunning Beaucastel. A classic! Has a superb array of fruit, ranging from red, through to blue, darker purple and black. Nuances of dark, stony minerals, spices, wild flowers and herbs. So fleshy. This has impeccable balance, super-silky tannins and an extraordinarily long finish. This has decades ahead of it. Drink or hold." 96 points Robert Parker:  "Bottled only a week before my visit, I was blown away by how well Beaucastel's 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape was showing. It's full-bodied, creamy, lush and rich, with layers of raspberry fruit, garrigue and spice that unfold across a seamless palate. No doubt it will go through cycles of being open and closed throughout its lifespan, but it would be a mistake to simply order a case, put it into storage and forget about it without trying one first and swooning over the sheer lusciousness and youthful complexity. ...One of the standout tasting while I working in the southern Rhône, the Perrin family, now largely under the helm of Thomas, Marc, Pierre, and Mathieu, continues to produce some of the top wines, at numerous price points, in the southern Rhône."  

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Ratings on Delectable

Hanibal

Super concentrated with nice lift...still mostly on fruits complexity will come .... a potentially very good wine

Super concentrated with nice lift...still mostly on fruits complexity will come .... a potentially very good wine

9.2

Ray Vanderhoff

WOW!!! Incredible new vintage of this outstanding wine! Herbs, Leather, smoke, vanilla with a hint of barnyard on the nose. That said, lots of blue and black fruit flavors on the pallet. Full bodied and luscious. Long and lingering finish. This is a wine of the year candidate! Revisited during Christmas week 2019. Noted the blend is 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. 10% Counoise with the balance being made up of some of the other 10 permitted CDP grapes. Just brilliant!

WOW!!! Incredible new vintage of this outstanding wine! Herbs, Leather, smoke, vanilla with a hint of barnyard on the nose. That said, lots of blue and black fruit flavors on the pallet. Full bodied and luscious. Long and lingering finish. This is a wine of the year candidate! Revisited during Christmas week 2019. Noted the blend is 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah. 10% Counoise with the balance being made up of some of the other 10 permitted CDP grapes. Just brilliant!

9.6

Todd Cutler

Young, a bit tight, but still a fine drink.

Young, a bit tight, but still a fine drink.

9.4

Charles Mires

Excellent

Excellent

9.4

Mary Rossillo

Slightly funky, tongue coating tannins that linger

Slightly funky, tongue coating tannins that linger

9.1

Aaron Rankin

This is a scattered toddler showing no signs of the adult it will become. Wait another 7-10 years.

This is a scattered toddler showing no signs of the adult it will become. Wait another 7-10 years.

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.