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2005 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-Du-Pape (750ml - Full Bottle)

#8 - WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100 - 2008
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Vintage 2005
Varietal Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Size 750
Classification A.O.C.
Style Red
Region Rhône Valley
Subregion Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Wine Spectator
Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.
Anthony Dias Blue
Deep, dark and rich-a definitive Chateauneuf; powerful and concentrated with blackberry, cherry, earth and spice; complex, aromatic and needing a year or two to smooth out.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, which is the standard blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Counoise, and the other permitted red varietals, exhibits a deep purple color and a sweet nose of blackberry, licorice, pepper, Chinese black tea, and considerable spice box and truffle. The wine is medium to full-bodied, and has terrific weight, richness, and moderately high tannins and crisp acidity. Like most 2005s in Chateauneuf du Pape, there is weight, power, richness, but also lots of vibrancy and delineation because of the fresh acids. This wine will require patience, and 4-5 years of cellaring is recommended, perhaps even longer. It will keep for 20+ years.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience. I can’t see it being close to drinkable before 2014 and lasting up to 30 or more years.

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