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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Cases IN BOND EN PRIMEUR (6 bottles) @ £261.00
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Tasting Notes:
An exceptional example of Beaucastel which tasted (at the en primeur tasting) like a wine that could be enjoyed straight away. I would caution against this though, given that EP tastings are intended to flatter the wines but, nonetheless, this is a wine with quite incredible potential. Sweet fruit with incredible concentration but never remotely too much. Decide for yourself!
Drinking Dates:
2022 to 2036
Cépagement:
30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 15% other varieties
Soil:
Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).
Upbringing:
Handpicked in small cases, sorting of the grapes, pneumatic pressing, settling of the juice, fermentation (30% in oak barrels, 70% in tanks) for 8 months. Bottling after 8 months.
Critic Reviews:
"Being bottled the day of my visit, the 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It offers a ripe, sexy, rounded style that quickly shows more structure, minerality, and tannin with time in the glass. Blackberries, blueberries, smoked earth, violets, and garrigue all give way to a full-bodied, deep, structured Beaucastel that’s going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. It reminds me of the 2001." 96+/100 (Jeb Dunnock, Wine Advocate)

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