2015 Chateau Beaucastel Rouge (1.5L)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

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As with the 2015s from Bordeaux, this is a vintage Rhone lovers have been looking forward to. Flashes of greatness are certainly buried within the multitude of releases since 2010, but there hasn't been anything quite like the quality, consistency and exuberance in the wines from Chateauneuf we're witnessing in 2015. They're killer, and every estate I work with is telling me the same thing, "Buy now, my phone hasn't stopped ringing..." Dunnuck's Wine Advocate report on the 2015s gave us our marching orders, "...this is certainly a very, very good vintage for the entire Southern Rhône Valley... The reds are full-bodied and show beautiful purity of fruit, good concentration and notable, yet ripe and rounded tannin structures. Moreover, the quality is incredibly high across all of the appellations, and even across all varieties, which is uncommon.... Most vignerons I spoke with compared 2015 to a mix of 2007 and 2010... 2015 is a beautiful vintage for Southern Rhône lovers that will be a treasure trove for the actual wine drinkers out there." Add in a 97 Wine Spectator score (potential Top 100 spot) and you've got a "must-have" from Beaucastel.


A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish. Best from 2020 through 2045. 12,500 cases made.

97 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (2017)

All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful. wine. Drink from 2025.

97 points, James Suckling (Aug 2017)

The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, and they’re more and more keeping the stems with the Syrah component. This is a beauty that offers more depth and richness than just about every other wine in the vintage. Blackberry, black raspberries, garrigue, spice and hints of saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, layered 2015 that has a stacked, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and an undeniable opulence that’s missing from too many 2015s. Marc Perrin compared this cuvée to 2001, and I can’t disagree with him. Drink this blockbuster beauty anytime over the coming two decades.

96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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