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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1993

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

Un millésime à ouvrir sans plus attendre qui devra être décanter durant plusieurs heures avant le service. Mettre la bouteille debout 48 heures avant service pour faire descendre le dépôt.

The cherry, licorice and black pepper flavors are true to form, but dominated by firm tannins at this stage. Well made and should show better in 1997.

Robe rubis sombre et brillante. Nez de cerise et de cuir. En bouche, l'attaque est douce et l'on remarque une très belle matière équilibrée et structurée.

When I tasted the 1993 Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine was far more showy, flashy, and open-knit than bottles tasted state-side, admittedly right after reaching these shores. I backed off my initial high rating a bit and added the question mark because of how tannic, backward, and firm the wine showed on two separate occasions from a case I purchased. It certainly possesses the dense color I described in my original review (issue #101), as well as plenty of body and intensity. However, the rich, sweet, open-knit bouquet has gone into hibernation, leaving a tightly-knit wine that is frozen in place, reluctantly offering up aromas of black fruits and smoke. Tannic, austere, and more in step with the 1988, this appears to be a vintage that will require more initial cellaring than I had anticipated. It will be interesting to re-taste this wine after it has had 4-6 months of rest on these shores.