Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah. Beautifully juicy red fruit that has effortless purity and ripeness. Dry, smooth palate with finely ground tannins, lovely violet fragrance and excellent fruit purity. Tremendous! 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018-2028. (RH)
The 2016 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel was bottled just two weeks before my visit, hence the plus sign attached to its rating. Planted just outside the boundaries of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the vines here average 80 years old. Mouthwatering aromas of red fruit and spice lead the way, backed by a full-bodied wine that's creamy and lush but also silky and vibrant. As always, it's one of the best Côtes du Rhône wines from a given vintage... Certainly, the wines are breathtaking at the upper levels, but the Perrin family continues to put effort into the entry-level wines as well, from the Coudelet de Beaucastel, which is always one of the top Côtes du Rhône wines, to the other wines reviewed under the Famille Perrin heading. 92+ points. (JC)
Bottled three weeks ago, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as terrific freshness in its blueberry, violets, raspberry, and spring flower aromas and flavors. Showing the vintages purity and elegance, it still packs ample oomph and richness. Drink it over the coming decade. One of the old guards of the region, Château de Beaucastel is nevertheless one of the most progressive and forward-thinking estates out there.
Plenty of juicy Grenache strawberry fruit on the nose. It is full-bodied, expressive and athletic on the palate, really juicy with ample acidity and ripe tannins. Not hugely complex, but really concentrated and well balanced, putting many lesser Châteauneufs to shame. Drinking Window 2018 - 2023. (MW)
This has a very plush, luscious and generously fleshy feel. Cherry compote, raspberries, blackberries and plums. Tarry elements, too. Smooth, velvety, pure and even. Succulence, elegance and clarity. Such value here. Drink or hold.
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