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Chateau Beaucastel Chateaneuf-du-Pape 2009

Beaucastel, who we have been working with closely for the last couple of years have always been generous with their newest offerings, giving us first dibs or the best price in the country. But this time they cracked open the cellar and found 30 bottles of perfectly stored, mature and ready to drink 2009 for us.

The vintage was a warm one – traditionally a very good thing for CDP – and third in a trio of odd vintages (2005, 2007, & 2009) that set new standards in the region. With some many varieties in the blend, especially late-ripening Grenache, the warmer years tend to allow all the grape varieties to ripen and great vineyard managers make several passes picking at optimal maturity.

While the vintage was superb, Beaucastel came out even further ahead.

Original price was: $145.00.Current price is: $119.00.

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96 Points, Wine Spectator
One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026.

96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape had just been bottled at the time of the tasting but you wouldn’t know it by tasting it. A blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and 20% assorted varieties, the wine delivers a superb aromatic display of kirsch and black cherry-like fruits to go with a solid dose of underlying meat, truffle, earth, and leather. Full-bodied and gorgeously concentrated through the middle, with fleshy, ripe fruit, good acidity, and an abundance of structure, this will ideally be left alone for 7-8 years and then consumed over the following two decades.

94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years.

94 Points, James Suckling
A very warm year, this has extremely expressive grenache fruits, raspberry, some honey and a lithe juicy core. There’s a late creeping wave of smooth tannins. Darker plum fruits exude power through the finish. Stunning wine from a very ripe vintage.

96 Points, Wine Spectator – 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 Points, James Suckling

The vintage was a warm one – traditionally a very good thing for CDP – and third in a trio of odd vintages (2005, 2007, & 2009) that set new standards in the region. With some many varieties in the blend, especially late-ripening Grenache, the warmer years tend to allow all the grape varieties to ripen and great vineyard managers make several passes picking at optimal maturity.

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