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1998 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-Du-Pape (1.5 Liter - Magnum Bottle)

#23 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2000
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Vintage 1998
Varietal Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Size 1500
Classification A.O.C.
Style Red
Region Rhone Valley
Subregion Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Robert Parker - The Hedonist's Gazette -The stars were the Domaine du Pegau and Beaucastel, but the 1998 Vieux Telegraphe is finally coming out of its cloak of tannin and beginning to strut its stuff, although a few more years of aging will be beneficial. -Dinner at Lotus of Siam. - June 2009.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is the greatest effort produced since Beaucastel's 1989 and 1990. It reveals more accessibility, no doubt because the final blend included more Grenache than normal. Its dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of blackberries, licorice, new saddle leather, and earth. There is superb concentration, full body, low acidity, and high tannin, but it is surprisingly drinkable for such a young Beaucastel. Ideally, it needs another 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30 years.
Wine Enthusiast
A big, rich wine with huge amounts of fruit oozing out of the glass. Great concentration and intensity, with licorice flavors from the Mourvdre, finishing with chewy tannins. A great year for this wine, which should age well for 15 to 20 years.
Wine Spectator
Very youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just starting to hit its stride.--1998 Chateauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Drink now through 2027.

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