Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1999

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

"Like some '99s, it's a bit leaner than the '00s or '98s, but it's well-made, with youthful exuberance of ripe fruit, toasted oak, grilled meat, smoked chestnuts and blood orange, ironlike notes."

"The prodigious 1999 Beaucastel boasts aromas of blackberry fruit intermixed with cassis, licorice, roasted meats, leather, and truffles. While it does not possess much fat or precociousness, it displays definition and elegance. This is a full-bodied, concentrated, classic Beaucastel. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025."

"A beautiful wine that will improve even more over the next few years."

"With a beautiful deep black colour, the 1999 vintage has an intense nose of ripe fruit with animal notes. The palate reveals powerful tannins."

"The truffle and cigar characters enchant the nose. The attack in mouth reveals all the power of this tense wine: a balance between richness and notes of liquorice. Decant 2 hours before serving at 16 ° C or to wait, with a very nice potential."