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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1983

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

This square and well-structured vintage still has a promising future. The mouth is rich, and expresses great structure, supplemented by a powerful and very aromatic finale. Wait or decant 2 hours before serving.

The 1983, shaped by the Mourvedre grape, reveals that varietal's tell-tale tree bark, leather, mushroom, and aged beef-like aromas. Medium to full-bodied, and austere, the 1983 is approaching full maturity, but given its structure, freshness, and Mourvedre's anti-oxidative characteristics, this wine can be drunk now or aged for 5-6 more years.

Tough and closed in, but there's plenty going on in the glass. A full-bodied wine, with black cherry, charcoal and light earth aromas and tons of flavor. Has super-firm tannins and a tight structure. Needs much more time.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Best from 1995 through 1997.