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Chateauneuf du Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel 1995


If you like aged Chateauneuf du Pape, that is to say a wine with an element of the savoury, a little hint of sweet old fruit, a smooth but robust structure then this is for you!

The WineDoctor gives this 18+/20:

A few years on since my last bottle of this, and certainly showing in a more open, integrated fashion. Once a highly volatile mess (although to be fair that was six years ago) this has now sharpened up into a well honed and nicely defined glass of wine. Still a dark hue, and on the nose very savoury, meaty and yet crunchy, with notes of black olive, face cream and black pepper, with a faint, high-toned edge to it all. It is simply divine. The palate has a moderate flesh, with well balanced structural components lying over the top; well framed and gritty black olive and savoury meats and fresh acidity, all funnelling smoothly down into a polished, linear finish. Great wine; none of the flabby character I found last time, this has come together really well.

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