Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2021 750ml - The Grape Tray
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2021 750ml
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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2021

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  • v93-95
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  • wa94
  • js94
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Tasting Notes:

30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise, 7-10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 15-18% other varieties, aged large barrel 18 months, fined, unfiltered, (large barrel) full red robe; the bouquet has a corporal intensity, a firm thrust of cherry fruit with a solid foundation to it, notes of bacon fat. The palate generates a good wave of mixed berry fruit content, carries interesting salting, an iodine angle, with plums and spicing on the finale stages. It has local character, even if it’s not the most imposing vintage, one that will be on the go from around late 2024. The red fruits last quietly and well, carry delicacy more than purity. 

  • d96

A deep, quite herbal expression, with liquorice and crushed blueberries to the cassis fruit. Full-bodied, powerfully fruited, dense and deep. Really mouthcoating, intense fruit. The tannins are ripe, fine and plentiful, all saturated in blackberry juice on a long finish. Certainly one of the more successful Châteauneufs this year. Will age well. A Mourvèdre-led expression of Beaucastel - it contains more than usual, at least 35% and probably more. Grenache and Cinsault fermented in cement, Syrah and Mourvèdre fermented in foudre.

  • v93-95

Coming in at 14% alcohol, the 2021 Châteauneuf-du- Pape is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise, 5% Syrah, 5% Cinsaut and other permitted varieties. The result is magnificent, wafting from the glass with fragrant aromas of juicy red fruits mingling with hints of black cherry, mint, garrigue and a pinch of white pepper. Full-bodied and layered, ever-so-velvety tannins wrap this elegant-to-the-core polished red, before concluding with a bright finish.

Nicolas Greinacher, April 2023
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd94

Including more Mourvèdre than usual (40%), the 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape sports a deep ruby/purple hue as well as an utterly classic Beaucastel nose of ripe red and blue fruits, spice, game, truffly earth, and ground pepper. Reminding me of the 2012, it's medium to full-bodied, has a layered, concentrated md-palate, sweet tannins, and a great finish.

October 30, 2023
Wine Advocate
  • wa94

The 2021 Chateauneuf du Pape ratchets up the intensity from the Coudelet, adding more pronounced Mourvèdre-derived notes of truffle and tree bark to go with ripe black cherries and plums, crushed stone and hints of dark chocolate. Full-bodied in the mouth, with ample concentration and richness, this gently tannic wine finishes long and velvety, with echoes of licorice and dark fruit. It's a standout from a difficult vintage.

Joe Czerwinski, October 12, 2023
James Suckling
  • js94

Still a little closed, so the fruit is a bit reserved, but there are already meaty, lavender and rosemary aromas. Well-structured and crisp, the tannins building steadily as it flows over the palate. The concentrated and ripe red fruit is very deftly wrapped around the core. Long, spicy, and licorice finish. Drink from release. From organically grown grapes.

April 2023
Wine Spectator
  • ws94

Toasty, meaty and inviting, this fresh red shows an understated, savory side, with notes of singed spices, mesquite, wet earth and fresh tobacco leaf flanking a silky range of plum and warm cherry compote flavors. Channels its terroir, with a round feel held in check by refined tannins. The finish is lined with cool minerality and heavy iron. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Vaccarèse, Terret Blanc, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul de Pinet, Bourboulenc, Picardan and Roussanne. Drink now through 2030

Kristen Bieler, December 2023

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