Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 1993 3L

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 1993 3L
$499.95

SKU 2326

3L

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Deep red colour with red brick overtones. Pleasant nose with aromas of macerated berry fruit, and a herbaceous touch. The palate is delicate and fresh, with firm but pleasant tannins.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Château de Beaucastel
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateWhen I tasted the 1993 Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Pape, the wine was far more showy, flashy, and open-knit than bottles tasted stateside, admittedly right after reaching these shores. I backed off my initial high rating a bit and added the question mark because of how tannic, backward, and firm the wine showed on two separate occasions from a case I purchased. It certainly possesses a dense color, as well as plenty of body and intensity. However, the rich, sweet, open-knit bouquet has gone into hibernation, leaving a tightly knit wine that is frozen in place, reluctantly offering up aromas of black fruits and smoke. Tannic, austere, and more in step with the 1988, this appears to be a vintage that will require more initial cellaring than I had anticipated. It will be interesting to retaste this wine after it has had 4-6 months of rest on these shores. Last tasted 11/96.

Robert Parker, January 1997
  • ws86

Wine SpectatorThe cherry, licorice and black pepper flavors are true to form, but dominated by firm tannins at this stage. Well made and should show better in 1997.

November 15, 1996