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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2007

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

The 2007 vintage is characterised by a nice roundness. The colour is deep and dark ruby, nice complex nose, this wine shows its potential in the mouth with a beautiful freshness and powerful notes of spice and liquorice.

Deep ruby in appearance. The wine shows a sharp attack and is rich and balanced, marked by intense aromas of candied fruit. A superb vintage with impressive length and a persistent finish.

A great vintage for Chateauneuf du Pape that requires a few more years ageing to enjoy in the best conditions and make the most of the complexity and the aromatics.

Closed nose in its phase of austerity and retrenchment on him. However it suggests a very nice aroma of black fruits, truffles, Chinese ink and some licorice fragrance. Beautiful mature grapes that brings a freshness and complexity. The touch of mouth is taffeta, full and velvety. Undoubtedly a great wine to leave absolutely minimal age of 20 years to allow time to fully express themselves. Great art!

Black in colour and rich in aromasthat remind of blueberries and cassis jam, with plenty of licorice and meaty notes, all with a fine balance of acidity. A fine reflection of the hot days and cool nights that marked the vintage. So rich and manly, but with finesse and a floral, savoury undercurrent that keeps it on balance. You can drink this now, but 15 years in the cellar will build something far greater.

Dark and fresh with some sweet spice. Ripe and generous with an underlying power. Peppery with a cool streak through the middle and a juicy freshness within that generosity. Just a hint of tar and vanilla. Then more mocha as it opens up but remains compact.

Heady with sent of licorice, plums, earth and spice, this wine makes good on all those promises on the palate, and does so gently but firmly, the flavors feeling light but leaving an indelible impression on the tongue.In every way the winefeels natural, effortless, as if it's a simplerepresentation of an exceptional piece of land in an excellent vintage.

A l'image de son millésime, il s'impose avec intensité, saveurs concentrées de kirsch et de fruits confits, capiteux sans excès. Mieux proportionné que bon nombre de 2007 dégustés cette année. L'apport des 13 cépages n'y est sans doute pas étranger.

This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve—and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.

In a flattering vintage when many Rhône Valley producers made lush, almost sweet reds, Beaucastel appears to have stuck with a more classic approach. I bought this one in magnums, which keep better than the regular bottles, in the expectation of a great, long-lived vintage.