Wine Review – 2005 Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley, France

Winery: Chateau de BeaucastelCoudouletFront

Bottling: 2005 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

Importer: Vineyard Brands

Region: France

Sub-Region: Southern Rhone Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $25 – $30

Purchase Details: Purchased this for $12 and change from the R. Field Wine Shop in Honolulu, HI.  I’m pretty positive that it was mis-priced.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, an interesting melange of red and purple hues.  On the nose, loads of red, blue and black berries, vanilla, spice and a synthetic, hot, molten plastic smell.  In the mouth, black and red raspberries, pepper, and cherry cream.  Medium body, friendly tannins, decent flavor length and a creamy finish.

This was the last of three bottles that we bought of this mis-priced wine.  The first bottle we drank was way too young and tight.  That was about a year before this last bottle.  I think the wine was actually at the perfect point in its drinking window, as there wasn’t a lot of stuffing left in the wine.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Roast chicken with herbs de provence or roast pork loin with the same herbs would suit this wine fine.  A smokey pulled pork sandwich and even Mexican food would fare well here  too.

CoudouletBackWinery & Other Background Information: The original Chateau de Beaucastel winery was started back in 1549 by Pierre de Beaucastel.  The property was eventually passed on to the current owners, the Perrin Family in 1909.

While I think the wines of Beaucastel are good, solid, delicious wines, they do seem to have a little bit more of a new world, framed-by-oak, fruit forward character to them than some of the older, more traditional styles of Chateauneuf du Pape.

If you’re drinks of choice include Napa cabernet sauvignons, Australian shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa and syrahs from the central coast of California, the wines of Chateau de Beaucastel may be one of the labels you may want to initially try if you’re looking to branch out into the old world.

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