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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2003

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

This vintage is rich, full-bodied, with powerful tannins. The nose is jammy and the mouth is juicy, with aromas of cooked fruit and crushed strawberry.

This vintage was known for the heat wave in the summer. Therefore the wine reflects those characteristics and will gain by keeping a few more years before drinking.

Aromas of figs, red fruit and cooked meat juices. The mouth is soft and round and full bodied. Great freshness for this hot vintage. Great ageing potential. Tasted at Beaucastel on June 5th 2012

A monumental, impressive wine that is only starting to shed its primary character. A bit like the 1990, though slightly “cleaner” tasting and, if anything, even more intensely flavored. Should be great.

Medium garnet colour going a little brick in the rim. Kirsch, gingerbread, leather, raisins and tobacco aromas with some hung meat and game notes. The palate is very ripe, concentrated and full bodied with a medium+ level of acidity and a low to medium level of silky tannins. Long finish. Drink now to 2023

A stew of a wine to go with our braised beef – very rich and herbal but clean, none of the horsey aromas for which young Beaucastel is so notorious. The heatwave vintage didn’t seem to have left its calling card of uncomfortably dry tannins in this wine which was already very opulent and flattering.

Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025. 15,000 cases made

This vintage was known for the heat wave in the summer. Therefore the wine reflects those characteristics and will gain by keeping a few more years before drinking.