2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel
In many of the red wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the powerful Grenache grape leads the way. At the world-famous Château de Beaucastel, all 13 permitted Rhône grapes contribute to make an outstanding Châteauneuf-du-Pape which is complex, dark and extremely age-worthy thanks to the higher proportion of the late-ripening Mourvèdre grape. Getting on for 13 years of age, this 2009 is entering its peak drinking and yet will still go on for many more years, if you have the patience.
"Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind".
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