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Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet Rouge 2017

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Vallée du Rhône, France

Abundant, rich and ripe red fruit with lightly spiced pastry and quite brambly complexity. The palate has a super fleshy, bold and upfront-tannin shape. Fresh and easy. Drink now.

Finesse et élégance pour ce super Côtes du Rhône hors norme. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte.

Still not yet bottled for my June visit (it was scheduled to be bottled at the end of the month), the final blend of the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel was showing plenty of garrigue and dried-spice notes layered over cherry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured and long on the finish, it should drink well for a decade or more.

The 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel is a textbook example of this cuvée, and while it tends to be a relatively expensive Côtes Du Rhône, it merits the price. Complex garrigue, ground pepper, and earthy dark fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied wine that has a polished, elegant texture as well as the sunny, Provençal style of the vintage. It’s capable of lasting for 15 years or more.