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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2008

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

An expressive fruit-forward nose that we find again on the palate make for a pleasantly homogeneous wine. Youthful, fresh and fine are the characteristics of this ready to drink vintage.

Very sweet and gamey and jammy but not nearly as exciting as the Charvin! A bit gypsy and rich.

Very slightly meaty nose, then sweetly oaky, touch of vanilla on the palate, over fresh, lightly leafy dark fruit. Pretty light over all. (JH)

As for the red wines, very few 2008s were produced at Chateau Beaucastel, but the 2008 Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet red is a pleasant, straightforward effort that was less impressive from bottle than it was last year from barrel. Peppery garrigue and soft red currant and cherry fruit intermixed with a distinct herbaceousness and lightness kept my score low.

The 2008 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet exhibits a dark, dense ruby color along with a big, sweet nose of roasted Provencal herbs, smoked meats, black currants, cherries, licorice, and seaweed. Ripe, medium-bodied, and already delicious, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years.