Thursday, January 21, 2010

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

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!


Wine of the month club said...

What an incredible bottle of wine this will become.

Although prices of Chateaneuf-du-Papes have gone up steadily in the recent years, I believe the still represent good value to the dollar.

MattRyan said...

Would you believe I found this on sale at Safeway for $40 dollars per bottle?! I cleared them out of the last two bottles.

The 2004 was going for $65 per bottle, does anyone have comments on that vintage?