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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

This wine from esteemed producer Château de Beaucastel delivers on its nickname, “baby Beaucastel.” Made with grapes from a vineyard adjoining the estate’s great Châteauneuf-du-Pape acreage, it’s a terrifically savory red with bright acidity and complex aromas of spice and red fruit.

Definite step up from the classic Côtes du Rhône. Made with grapes grown in and around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this shows much greater depth of fruit, finer tannins and appreciable length. This will age as well, but is drinking just fine right now. Serve at 18C. Drink now-2018. Food pairing idea: Filet of pork or roasted chicken.

..."Petit frère (si je puis dire) du Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel, ce vin rouge de la vallée du Rhône, passablement coloré quoique sans rien d'opaque, a quelque chose d'on ne peut plus alléchant dans ce millésime. Le bouquet, d'assez bon volume, brille par l'éclat de ses arômes de fruits rouges, alors qu'il s'agit sur le plan gustatif d'un vin de corps moyen, aux tannins aimables, souple et ne manquant pas de finesse"...

The 2011 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel is another excellent wine from the Perrin Family. Complex and perfumed, with notions of earthy black fruits, licorice and roasted meats, it possesses sweet tannin, medium to full-bodied richness and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.

Smooth and ripe with complex flavors of berries, plum and spice; full, lush and juicy; long and balanced. 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault.

Very dark crimson. In fact the bluest southern Rhône 2011 to have come my way so far. Quite complex and somehow sharp. Very sweet start and then very firm tannins. Seems much more youthful than some Châteauneufs. Very tight for the moment. Ambitious for a Côtes du Rhône!

Youthful purple. Spicy, highly perfumed dark berry and indian spice scents show very good clarity and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Densely packed but lithe too, with juicy black and blue fruit flavorsand a touch of lavender adding lift. Dusty tannins shape the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and subtle spiciness. According to Marc Perrin, the vines that provides the fruit for this wine are now over 80 years old.