Rhone - 1994 - Chateauneuf du Pape - Beaucastel

  • Region: Rhone
  • Producer: Beaucastel
  • Vintage: 1994
  • Rating: 90
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Tasting Notes

The 1994 seems less successful than my early tastings indicated. The high percentage of Mourvedre (40% versus the normal 30%) has given it an earthy, leathery character with hints of mushrooms and tree bark. Although dense and chewy, it remains tannic and firm. It will keep for two decades, but it is not a hedonistic example and how much pleasure it will provide remains to be seen

Score: 90 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, January 2003

Beaucastel Rouge 1994 - It reminds me of a more concentrated 1985, with nearly the character and size of the prodigious 1989 - a sweet, rich, thick, chewy wine with full body, and a superb nose of smoky black fruits, Asian spices, licorice, olives and herbs. Full, concentrated and lush, it should drink well for 15-20 years.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Rhone Book, November 1997

Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (103), February 1996