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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1981

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

The 1981 vintage is perfectly balanced, between sharpness and purity, it offers great freshness in the mouth. This wine is a great example of harmony, its fine tannic texture and young characters make it a great gastronomy wine. Decant just before serving at 15°C.

One of the all-time great classics, the 1981 is fully mature and should be consumed. It’s a big, sweet, candied fruit bomb offering notes of smoke, pepper, dried herbs, truffles, leather, cedar, as well as black and red currants. Full-bodied and opulent, it is one of the most delicious, complex, and stunning Beaucastels ever made. Anyone who has magnums of this wine has the equivalent of liquid gold. Out of regular bottle, I would recommend consumption over the next several years.

A giant of a wine. Decant a few hours before serving if you want to drink it now. Deep in color, with super-ripe game, chocolate and tobacco aromas. Full-bodied, with a thick, massive fruit structure and tons of tannins. Has a gigantic finish.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Best from 1995 through 1998