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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2001

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Une belle couleur et un nez élégant. Des arômes de fruits frais et une acidité qui confèrent au vin élégance, complexité et équilibre. Il peut être ouvert dès aujourd’hui, mais conserve un beau potentiel de garde.

Le Coudoulet de Beaucastel est un clasique des appellations génériques et domine sa catégorie par sa richesse, son volume en bouche et sa tenue. Impeccable 2001 solidement charpenté et vibrant. À boire maintenant en attendant que son grand frère Beaucastel atteigne l’âge adulte.

Shows a hint of garnet in addition to its mature cedar, dried red currant and sanguine notes, backed by tobacco and sandalwood on the nicely focused finish.

A fabulous year for the reds of both Coudoulet and Beaucastel, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet (about 10,000 cases produced) offers a rich perfume of melted licorice, smoke, saddle leather, blackberries, cherries, and a suggestion of Asian spices. Medium to full-bodied and lusty, with superb concentration as well as purity, it can be drunk now and over the next 10-15 years. This beauty may be the finest Coudoulet produced in the last 10-12 years.

The 2001 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet is one of the great successes from this vineyard, which sits just across the road from the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with a closed, but promising nose of melted licorice, camphor, saddle leather, black cherries, and blackberries. It reveals more tannin and substance than most vintages, and it will need 1-3 years of cellaring. This is a long, structured, classic Coudoulet meant for long-term aging.