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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1992

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

A vintage ready to drink now. Oriental notes and nougat flavours. This wine has characteristics of a warm year and will go very well with spicy dishes. Stand the bottle upright 48 hours before serving to avoid any deposit.

A light, elegant version of Châteauneuf, with interesting leather and earth aromas, bright cherry and blackberry flavors and a lingering finish.

I was impressed with the 1992 Beaucastel, which is significantly richer and more complete than the narrowly constructed, herbaceous, compact 1991. The 1992 boasts a smoky, earthy, peppery, cassis-scented nose, rich, full-bodied flavors, excellent depth, moderate tannin, and a sweet, chewy, impressive finish. Its firmness suggests 3-4 years of cellaring is necessary; it should keep for 20 years.