Seamless, silky and just drinking perfectly. I don’t think the 1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape is going to fade anytime soon but I’d drink them if you have them and I can’t imagine this getting better.
Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel that will last another 15-20 years. (RP)
A clear red now, like its peers. There are raisins and earth, here, but it is the menthol note (a Beaucastel hallmark with time) which dominates. Although harmonious and seamless, there is still fine volume and energy to this aromatic profile, and no sign of any drying or decline. On the palate, the wine is lively, powerful, deep and masterful, with typically bright Beaucastel acidity, darkly alluring burnt-raisin fruit, impressively lingering tannins and some herb-and-spice complexities to finish. (AJ)
The 1990 Château Beaucastel is a lovely wine and is just about ready for primetime drinking, but will continue to improve over the coming five or six years and then cruise along for decades from that point forward. The bouquet offers up a fine blend of dried raspberries and red currants, roasted game, incipient autumnal tones (fallen leaves) and a potpourri of spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a touch leathery in personality, with a good core, melting tannins and fine length and grip on the complex finish. Having had the good fortune to drink several older vintages of Beaucastel at peak maturity, my gut instinct with the 1990 would be to let it rest in the cellar for just a few more years and allow the last layer of aromatic complexity to emerge here, though it must be said that the wine is really lovely on the palate right now. Drink now-2040.
A generous, concentrated, intensely fruity Chateauneuf that blends mouthfilling flavors with complex cedar, spice and leather accents. Sturdy tannins and solid acidity mark this as a good candidate to cellar. *Top 100 of 1993, Highly Recommended*
Served blind alongside the 1989 and with just a bit more structure and more gaminess. I thought it the more obviously Beaucastel with masses of evolution on the nose but still a bit of grip on the finish. 18/20 points (JR)
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