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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1991

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

A solid wine, not as glorious as the top vintage, but still ripe and earthy. A leathery-barnyard component to the black cherry flavors, lingering on the finish.

Despite being a complicated vintage, this wine has great balance between acidity and a very soft finish. This provides it a great balance between finesse and freshness. A very elegant wine ready to drink. Stand the bottle upright 48 hours before serving to avoid any deposit.

Pale ruby in color, with bricking towards the rim, this wine smells jaw-droppingly of lilacs and other dried flowers, with a hint of smoked meats. In the mouth the wine has a tangy redcurrant and cedar quality with a gorgeous wet stone and forest floor note that lingers through the finish. The tannins are supple and woody, with a hint of bitterness. The year was widely regarded as a poor vintage, as it was quite cold.