Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 1994

$99.95

SKU 2319

750ml

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Bright ruby colour with deeper tinges. Intense and elegant nose, showing cherries in alcohol, fine spices, and a touch of tanned leather. The palate is rounded, with a wide range of flavours, fine tannins and great freshness. The finish is long the cherry flavours persistent.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Château de Beaucastel
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateRarely do I have an opportunity to taste the wines of Pierre Usseglio, but I admire this producer who sells much of his production to private clients and merchants in western Europe. One of the finest wines of the vintage, this 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape is reflective of the traditional, old style vinification practiced by Usseglio. A muscular, full-bodied, powerfully extracted wine, it is vaguely reminiscent of such wines as those produced by Pegau and Henri Bonneau. It displays a seaweed, spicy, cedar, iodine/peppery nose, and rich, full-bodied flavors exhibiting thick, unctuously-textured fruit. There is also an underbrush, herbes de Provence/garrigue component to this rustic wine's flavors. It will benefit from several more years of cellaring and should keep for 12-15 years.

Robert Parker, August 1996
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorA nice mix of red fruit, herb and sweetly earthy flavors give appealing complexity, while soft tannins make it accessible now. The long finish promises improvement with age. Best after 2000.

February 28, 1997