Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France 2015

Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France and the world. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.

2015 was an outstanding year in Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape, without doubt, this is a Beaucastel vintage of the highest order!

Made from 13 different grapes, the wine is dense, complex with very pure dark fruit and classical Beaucastel garrigue notes along with gunpowder and black tea. The length of the finish is extremely pleasing, it goes on and on in a wonderfully fine, and elegant fashion. This is a Beaucastel which will age very well.

Drink now- 2035

Details 

Type: Red Producer: Chateau Beaucastel Appellation: Chateaneuf du Pape Vintage: 2015 Grape: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault &others Country: France Region: Northern Rhone Style: Savory and classic Alcohol: 14,5% Content: 750ml Allergens: Contains Sulfite

(€89,33 / litre)


Reviews

97 points, James Suckling - All 13 grapes. This has a dark fruited, blueberry and blue plum nose with wide swinging tannins. Some white peppery elements, violets, brooding dark spices, blue fruits and dark plums. Builds from the ground up. Dark stones. Impressive, powerful wine.
97 points, Wine Spectator - A stunner from the get-go, with waves of thoroughly seductive boysenberry, plum, blueberry and raspberry reduction forming the core, while roasted apple wood, rooibos tea, bergamot, and anise notes flash throughout. Has plenty of bass, with a Turkish coffee accent and a hint of alder driving underneath. Everything moves in lockstep through the seriously long finish. Best from 2020 through 2045.
96+ Jeb Dunnuck - The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, and they’re more and more keeping the stems with Syrah component. This is a beauty that offers more depth and richness than just about every other wine in the vintage. Blackberry, black raspberries, garrigue, spice and hints of saddle leather all flow to a full-bodied, rich, layered 2015 that has a stacked, concentrated mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and an undeniable opulence that’s missing from too many 2015s. Marc Perrin compared this cuvée to 2001, and I can’t disagree with him. Drink this blockbuster beauty anytime over the coming two decades.
96 points, Joe Czerwinski for Robert Parker - Bottled in late July, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is an amazing effort, especially when one considers the production volume. Loaded with black cherry fruit and cola-like spice, this full-bodied, richly textured wine never seems heavy or warm, while exotic Indian spice notes linger on the finish. It should drink well for at least 20 years.