2011 Chateau Beaucastel Rouge, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (375ml)

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# FRBECP11AC
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 94WA, 94WS #28 Top 100, 93W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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Reminiscent of a lighter weight 2009, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up a sweet bouquet of spiced black cherries, plum, truffle, saddle leather and underbrush. Coming from tiny yields (which were down 50% from 2010), this medium to full-bodied 2011 is gorgeously textured and has solid mid-palate depth, terrific purity of fruit and ripe tannin. Relatively approachable and enjoyable even now, it should nevertheless evolve gracefully for 15-20 years. Drink 2015-2031.

94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 209 - Oct 2013)

Very sleek and refined despite the obvious heft, featuring steeped red and black currant fruit studded with bergamot, blood orange, sweet tobacco and alder notes. The long, racy finish has a lovely echo of singed mesquite. Best from 2015 through 2027. 10,000 cases made.

94 points, Wine Spectator (Jul 2014)

#28 - Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014

Although the hot spring and cool, wet July of 2011 made for some challenges (yields were down 50 percent from 2010), this is a lush and inviting vintage of Beaucastel. It stands out not only for the exuberance of its cassis flavor but its purity; if that flavor were a color, it’d be cadmium red. While it should hold well in the cellar for a few years, it is so appealing now it’s hard to think of a reason to wait.

93 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2014)