- Ch Beaucastel Coudoulet De Beaucastel Rouge 2012 Product #28808 (In Stock)
From the historic Coudoulet vineyard just across the A7 Autoroute from Chateau Beaucastel’s famous Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard, this “Baby Beaucastel” delivers plenty of Chateauneuf “Pop!” at a great, Cotes du Rhone, price. Delicious now, but built to gain complexity and layers of depth over the next 6-10 years in cellar.
"Youthful purple. Spicy, highly perfumed dark berry and Indian spice scents show very good clarity and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Densely packed but lithe too, with juicy black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of lavender adding lift. Dusty tannins shape the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and subtle spiciness. According to Marc Perrin, the vines that provide the fruit for this wine are now over 80 years old."International Wine Cellar 90-92 points
"Starting the reds, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel looks to be an outstanding example of this cuvee. Showing plenty of black cherry, mineral, cracked pepper and underbrush, it is medium-bodied, possesses great acidity, and gains in both richness and depth in the glass. While most Cotes du Rhones drink best in their first 4-5 years of life, this cuvee can age well past a decade. Drink now-2022.
Covering a full 175 acres in Chateauneuf du Pape, with significant holdings throughout the Southern Rhone (mostly vinified at and released under their Famille Perrin brand), Chateau De Beaucastel is a benchmark estate that excels at all price points. Looking at the wines reviewed here, 2011 is surprisingly strong (especially for the Chateauneufs) and with their perfumed aromatics and supple textures, they show a lot of similarities to the 2009s. The 2012s as a whole show more freshness and purity, with good concentration, and should require more bottle age to come around. Both vintages are worth seeking out. Looking at the 2011s across the board, all of which were in bottle, it appears to be a strong vintage here. While the vintage suffered due to uneven ripening in the Grenache, it was actually a solid vintage for Mourvedre and this shows, particularly in the Chateauneufs."Wine Advocate 90-92 points
- Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2012 Product #28731 (In Stock)
Delicious already but will improve through 2022.
"Bright red. Fresh red berries and herbs on the nose, with bright mineral and floral qualities adding energy. Lively, spice-accented strawberry and raspberry flavors are nicely framed by gentle acidity. Silky, sweet and spicy on the finish, with the floral note strongly echoing. Distinctly elegant, in the house style."International Wine Cellar 90-92 points
"Looking at the 2012s, the traditional 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Aged one-third in barrel and one-third in tank, it offers up sweet cassis, raspberry, flowers and hints of underbrush to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured profile on the palate. Relatively soft and supple, it should be approachable on release and drink nicely for 8-9 years. Drink 2014-2021."Wine Advocate 89-92 points
- Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007 Product #28791 (In Stock)
Guigal always releases this late, and the extra time had done nothing but good! A big wine for big food.
"Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by notes of garrigue, woodsmoke and dark chocolate. Rich and expansive but energetic as well, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of licorice. Shows the heft of the vintage but comes off as lively on the long, spicy, smoky finish."International Wine Cellar 92 points
"One of the finest Chateauneufs made by Guigal, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. Full-bodied with lots of kirsch, blackberry, raspberry, camphor and licorice, this is a classic example of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Provencal viticulture. It is aged in both tank and foudre for 3-4 years prior to being released. Drink it over the next 20 years. It is amazing that Guigal can consistently produce a wine of this majesty."Wine Advocate 93 points
- Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Safres 2012 Product #28888 (In Stock)
A stunner of a Chateauneuf, les Safres is about 95% Grenache with just a touch of Syrah. Full of dark raspberry and black cherry fruit with layers of spice, floral, and crushed stone accents, this is silky and poised now and will get fleshier and more rich with time.
“Bright ruby. Mineral-tinged redcurrant, raspberry and spicecake aromas, with a hint of candied lavender. Clean and zesty, showing intense red fruit and floral character, assertive spiciness and very good clarity. Finishes silky and long, with vibrant berry character, soft tannins and a lingering note of tangy minerality.”International Wine Cellar 91-93 points
“Also almost all Grenache and coming from compacted sand soils (Safres), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Safres shows superb complexity with notions of white pepper, creamy licorice, black cherry and dusty stone-like minerality on the nose. Seamless and elegant, with building, fine tannin, it-s a polished, impressively endowed effort that will have 10-12 years of longevity. Drink 2015-2024.”Wine Advocate 91-93 points
- Vieux Telegraphe Ch-du-Pape La Crau Rouge 2011 Product #29042 (In Stock)
In most vintages, Vieux Telegraphe shows nicely for a few years after release and then goes into a dumb phase for 3-4 years before starting to sing out again. The 2011 is more forward than in some years, and both the critics and I think it will drink very nicely non-stop over the next decade.
"Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry compote, potpourri and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, showing terrific clarity and spicy lift. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins. In a graceful, almost weightless style, with zero excess fat but noteworthy flavor intensity. I underestimated this wine last year."International Wine Cellar 93 points
"Forward and up-front, especially by this cuvee-s standards, the 2011 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf (65% Grenache from 70-year-old vines, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and the balance other permitted varieties) exhibits perfumed aromas of herbs de Provence, seaweed wrapper, garrigue and olive to go with plenty of sweet kirsch and berry fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and elegant, with fine tannin, it can be consumed now (with a decant) or cellared for a decade."Wine Advocate 92 points
- Ch Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2010 Product #26469 (In Stock)
Complex and very, very, long.
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc (80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc vinified in tank) exhibits very good acidity along with a lighter, more delicate style than previous vintages (malolactic is now totally blocked), and restrained orange peel, tangerine oil, white peach, honeysuckle and candle wax notes. This medium to full-bodied, zesty, fresh wine is still backward and unevolved, so cellar it for 1-2 years and drink it over the following 10+."Wine Advocate 90 points
"Juicy up front, with lively star fruit, peach and yellow apple fruit, this turns plush and languid, with alluring grilled hazelnut, sweetened butter and warm piecrust notes filling in on the finish. Sneakily long, thanks to the nicely integrated acidity. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Picardan, Clairette and Bourboulenc. Drink now through 2015."Wine Spectator 93 points
- Clos Du Caillou Chateauneuf Du Pape Reserve 2012 Product #28889 (In Stock)
As always, one of the most impressive wines in all of Chateauneuf, this marries the intense ripeness of old-vine Grenache to the earthy complexity and power of Mourvedre. Only 70 cases made and about half that imported to the USA. Probably the most pure power you’ll find in any Chateauneuf of the vintage.
“Opaque ruby. Expressive cherry compote, incense and licorice aromas are complemented by potpourri, vanilla and smoky minerals. Seamless, juicy and deep, offering expansive black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a suave floral pastille quality. Shows impressive density with zero excess weight, finishing sweet, broad and very long. Potentially one of the wines of the vintage.”International Wine Cellar 93-95 points
“The 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Clos du Caillou Reserve is flat out gorgeous. Meaty and rich, with floral-tinged notes of blackberry, raspberry, melted licorice, ground garrigue and roasted meats, this full-bodied, rich and decadent effort has perfect integration of its fruit, acidity and tannin, with no hard edges and building richness. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and have upward of two decades of longevity. Drink 2016-2032.” Wine Advocate 94-97+ points