Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge

Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008

$20-50 90+

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Château de Beaucastel is located five kilometres south-east of Orange at the northern limit of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The 30 hectares Coudoulet de Beaucastel vineyard lies just to the east of Beaucastel on the other side of the A7 autoroute. For reasons that will become evident, it is often referred to as a baby Beaucastel. When one looks at the geology of the soil at Coudoulet, the similarities with the soil at Beaucastel are legion. It is composed of a layer of marine limestone from the Miocene period, covered by a deposit of alpine diluvium. This blanket of rounded stones (or "galets") contributes much to the wines of Beaucastel: they retain the intense heat of the Mediterranean sun during the day then slowly disperse it to the vines during the night. They provide a head start to the vines in springtime. During the long Mediterranean summer, lack of water can stress the vineyard at times. Coudoulet, as Beaucastel, owes its ability to age to the high proportion of Mourvedre - about 30% - that makes up the final cuvée. This provides a tannic backbone and resistance to oxidation that ensures long life. In addition, Mourvedre introduces aromas of leather, tobacco, and spice to the blend. The resulting wine is bright and lively in colour, with great depth. The nose shows delightful red fruits whilst the palate is luscious, with hints of thyme.

Reviews & Rankings

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  Wine Spectator: 93 points Robert Parker: 95 points Stephen Tanzer: 88 points
by Critic Ratings on 31-03-2015

  I asked the man for a Zinfandel like the Rombauer Zin. For $26.75, I sure need a lot more. It was just another zin. Major flaw is being overpriced.
by patsull65 on 19-04-2010

  For the price, uniqueness and taste this is my favorite bottle right now. Find it in the other reds isle at total wine, the blend is unique really nothing else that tastes similar. low tannins but great.
by alanb1108 on 26-02-2013

  Suprisingly received 2 of these for Christmas from multiple people...which is good, so I can drink one now! Pours a rich violet color with deep red hues on the edges. Lots of dark berries, cassis and peppery spices on the nose. Starts off with a solid amount of dark berry jam. In the middle, lots of currants, spices, blackberry with some biscotti (reminds me of the biscotti bakery when you walk in). Finishes off similar to the middle, but more intensified. This is a full bodied Southern Rhone wine that leaves a moderate lingering on the palate. I enjoyed this wine now, but will lay the other one down for another 5 or so years. A moderate value here.
by steve16046 on 04-06-2012

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