Nose of black currant, fig paste, and hoisin sauce incredibly slow to open
Very dense and closed on the palate
Long finish with faint notes of cured meat, tar, and cocoa
Do not open this wine any time soon because you will be disappointed. Chateau de Beaucastel has a reputation for aging nicely and this one's nowhere near ready to enjoy. It's so dense and closed, that I couldn't even detect identifiable aromas on the nose for quite some time.
Chateauneuf is a favorite of mine, but patience is rewarded with the best of class wines. Let this wine sit until at least 2015. By then, the $95 or so you spent on it won't seem like that much money. Raise a glass to the future!