Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet Rouge 2008

Rhone Red Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France

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Item No. 107287
  • red wine
  • ST88
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

Bright and lively, with great depth. Nose of red fruits. Luscious, with hints of thyme.

Grenache 30%, Mourvèdre 30%, Syrah 20%, Cinsault 20%.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright ruby. Fresh red berries, olive and licorice on the nose. Fresh, sharply delineated raspberry and cherry flavors are framed by dusty tannins and given grip by a tangy mineral note. The finish is a touch gritty but surprisingly persistent, the olive note repeating. Marc Perrin told me that the yield from these vines was only about 10 hl/ha in 2008."
88 Points

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The Beaucastel Cotes-du-Rhones is truly one of my favorite wines. If I had to pick a “house” red wine, this would be it. I will admit that the 2008 vintage is a far cry from the 2007, but it’s also priced accordingly. This is an unfiltered wine with generous amounts of cherries, raspberries, pepper and spice and earthy qualities like clove and star anise. But the one overriding profile is the stewed prunes and ripe figs. Oh the stewed prunes! It’s a lovely, balanced wine that gives you a hint of its big brother for a fraction of the price. At the end of the day what makes this such an amazing wine is the attention of the winemaker to incorporate the four key southern Rhone grapes. All too often we are stuck with Cotes-du-Rhones made with only Grenache and Syrah. Mourvedre and Cinsault are not afterthoughts, just like Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are not afterthoughts in well-made Bordeaux. This is a wine of great value and great sophistication for a song. Food Pairing Suggestions: This Cotes-du-Rhone is a divine pairing with braised short ribs. Yes, I know that Zinfandel or 100% Syrah might be the textbook pairing, but just trust me on this one and you won’t be sorry. You might also try braised rabbit, stewed or grilled lamb, duck confit or my dark horse pick – venison sausage. This is just a great wine. Enjoy it!
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Learn About Chateau de Beaucastel Map ItMap It

In 1549, Noble Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumees at Coudoulet. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Chateau de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin,...

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Learn About Cotes du Rhone

A Cote of Many Grapes The appellation of Cotes du Rhone encompasses much of the land of the area, not to mention much of the wine - over two-thirds of the wine produced here is of the Cotes-du-Rhone appellation. Wines here need only be from the Cotes de Rhone geographic area (which is fairly large) and consist of one or more of the 22 varieties permitted. Being such a wide...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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