Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2017

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

"Finesse et élégance pour ce super Côtes du Rhône hors norme. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte."

"Still not yet bottled for my June visit (it was scheduled to be bottled at the end of the month), the final blend of the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel was showing plenty of garrigue and dried-spice notes layered over cherry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured and long on the finish, it should drink well for a decade or more."

"Abundant, rich and ripe red fruit with lightly spiced pastry and quite brambly complexity. The palate has a super fleshy, bold and upfront-tannin shape. Fresh and easy. Drink now."

"Juicy and direct, with a core of blackberry and plum fruit, laced with a singed alder thread and backed by a dusting of garrigue on the finish, which reveals a nice tug of dark earth. Should open up with some cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2028."

""Coudoulet de Beaucastel comes from a 75 acre estate vineyard lying adjacent to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the Cotes du Rhone AOC. The 2017 is an exceptional wine: complex, rich, and full bodied; indeed, more like Chateauneuf. It is round, concentrated, a bit tannic, and yet well balanced, with a very long finish, tasting of blackberry, cassis, black licorice, pepper, violet, black tea, and herbs. Exceptional; can be aged. 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault. Aged 6 months in oak casks.""

"The 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel is a textbook example of this cuvée, and while it tends to be a relatively expensive Côtes Du Rhône, it merits the price. Complex garrigue, ground pepper, and earthy dark fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied wine that has a polished, elegant texture as well as the sunny, Provençal style of the vintage. It’s capable of lasting for 15 years or more."

"While full bodied and plump, this perfumed red offers bright, sunny layers of crisp red cherry and plum marked by lovely twists of tart cassis and raspberry. A bright, sunny wine, it finishes on fine, smooth tannins and hints of crushed earth and sage. Immediately approachable the wine should drink well through 2024."