Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1981

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vallée du Rhône, France

"One of the all-time great classics, the 1981 is fully mature and should be consumed. It’s a big, sweet, candied fruit bomb offering notes of smoke, pepper, dried herbs, truffles, leather, cedar, as well as black and red currants. Full-bodied and opulent, it is one of the most delicious, complex, and stunning Beaucastels ever made. Anyone who has magnums of this wine has the equivalent of liquid gold. Out of regular bottle, I would recommend consumption over the next several years. "

"A giant of a wine. Decant a few hours before serving if you want to drink it now. Deep in color, with super-ripe game, chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with a thick, massive fruit structure and tons of tannins. Has a gigantic finish.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Best from 1995 through 1998"

"Le millésime 1981 est parfaitement équilibré, entre netteté et pureté, il offre une attaque en bouche d’une grande fraîcheur. Ce vin est un modèle d’harmonie, sa texture tannique fine et ses caractères jeunes en font un grand vin de gastronomie. Décanter juste avant le service à 15°C."