2001 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France
Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre (plus 10 others)
Nose: red/black currant, black cherry, pepper, meat/game, smoke
Taste: red currant, blackberry, pepper/herbs, cured meat, smoke/cigar
Rating: 8.8+ (17/35/12/14/10)
Tasted: Jun 5/17
Next up in my line of Beaucastel CDPs, the 2001: like sipping wine in a smokehouse surrounded by BBQ meat and spices. This bottle was a bit of a departure from the previous I’ve had (95, 98, 99) – sure they all shared a smoky, meaty quality, but those older bottles also showed a fair bit of both ripe and dried fruits, as well as more intense sweet spices and forest notes. Here, the smoke and cigar really did dominate, for better or worse. Currants, raspberry, black cherry, and spiced plums all showed up, and with a decant the smoke did give way to oak (vanilla, biscuit), cinnamon, and stewed tomatoes. The wine showed good structure, though it was a little thinner on the palate than I would have liked – I suppose it could just be vintage variation, but my impression could also be staying true to my preference of 17/18 years for these bottles to really hit their peak. I think perhaps this one could use at least a few more to fully round out! Regardless, and as always, this was a delight to drink.