Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge 2008
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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: 92 points
by Critic Ratings on 04-07-2015
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
the wine is so incredibly rich and full bodied. look at the legs on the glass....wonderful spicy finish. It stood up to bbq beef ribs so well. Will buy a case.
by bensilver on 06-08-2011
This wine has great fruit flavors. I don't know what the components are, since it is just labeled "Red Wine", but they are well balanced. Great fruit - red and black berries, and smooth, even with 15.2% alcohol. Nice tannins, and a lasting finish. Raspberries and cherries. Great one to drink by itself - no food required. Don't splurge, but, if you are looking to impress, a great one that will incite conversation. What do you taste?
by winejaunt on 18-07-2011