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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008

The color is a deep red. The nose has a complex range of aromas, including red berry fruit, leather, truffles and musk. Flavors revolve around pepper, licorice and other spices.

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About Chateau de Beaucastel:

In 1549, "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet". More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953 and introduced many innovations such as improved grape varietals, integrated pest control, and a flash-heat exchanger.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre's sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

The vineyards are planted in all the traditional grapes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardin, Bourboulenc, Roussanne.