Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2005

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

"Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030."

"Medium to deep garnet colour. Aromas of dark cherries, raspberry compote, cardamom, black truffles and a touch of star anise. The palate is full bodied, richly fruited with medium to high acidity and a medium+ level of grainy, slightly chewy tannins. Concentrated with a good compliment of structure to hold it up. Long peppery finish. Drink 2010 to 2025+"

"Fabulous aromas of sweet fruit, beginning of leather and then really meaty on the palate, seasoned with pepper and spice. Silky texture. Mouthwatering and elegant. Still so much more to come."

"This vintage is a beautiful complex and well-balanced wine. The colour is dark and deep, with beautiful ruby shades. The nose is both fresh and complex at the same time with notes of chocolate and spices. The mouth is a subtle balance between freshness and notes of black fruit and mushrooms."

"Ce vin présente un nez puissant et intense aux notes florales et fruitées. Il commence doucement aujourd’hui à révéler ses arômes silex et minéraux et ses caractères tanniques. La bouche est équilibrée. La dégustation prouve le potentiel expressif de ce vin."

"This wine has a powerful and intense nose with floral and fruity notes. The mouth begins slowly, and gradually reveals aromas of flint and minerality and its tannic character. The tasting demonstrates the expressive potential of this balanced wine."

"For a vintage that was very closed at the beginning, this is now so effusive and sensual. The hint of salted caramel beautifully complements the rich red fruit character. Also notes of licorice, cinnamon and star anise. Rich and full-bodied, but very elegant and silky. The power is underplayed, but there's no mistaking the stunning concentration and finesse. Drink or hold."