An exceptional vintage for Mourvedre. A hot summer with warm nights until the end of the harvest.
A splendid tile-red color.The nose is full of complexity; fruit (Morello Cherry) and the juicy meat character blend harmoniously together.
The mouth has the same notes, very round and fleshy. The finale has hints of roasted coffee beans. A big wine at its best. Ready to drink now.
Blend: 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, and 15% Multiple Varieties (Vaccarese, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne)
"Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. Try the beginning of next century.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective."
"The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades."
The Wine Advocate