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."