Megan’s tasting notes for the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel;
What a perfect occasion for a solo drinker! Half bottles have become a great alternative to opening a full bottle. This makes for a fine opportunity to appreciate wine with bottle age. Chateau de Beaucastel is one of the quintessential wines of Chateauneuf du Pape. Located at the Northern fringe of the Rhone appellation, its vineyards benefit from the Mistral wind which brings balance and concentration to the grapes. The Perrin family uses all 13 permitted varieties in their blends and in the wines themselves.
This wine is a clear, ruby-garnet color with a prominent nose of red and black fruits (strawberry and cherry, mainly). These primary notes are now in a complimentary role to the beguiling character of licorice, savoury garrigue, sweet oak spice, dried cherry, fine leather, and game that have developed with time in the bottle. This vintage is richly textured with supple tannins, a full body, and acidity enough to make all the flavours of this bottle sing.
1998 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Tasting Video Transcription
Hi everybody, my name is Megan, your personal concierge at IronGate.Wine. Today we are going to be having a small taste of an iconic wine from the Rhone Valley. This is a Chateau Beaucastel, it is a Chateauneuf du Pape from the Perrin family. This is a family that has been making wine from this region for a very, very long time. It’s located at the North end of the appellation, in the south of France, right below Burgundy and Beaujolais. This location is important because in hot vintages like 1998; they really take advantage of the Mistral winds which can sometimes get up to150 miles per hour; for all of our American friends.
It really makes sure that the grapes keep their freshness. Chateauneuf du Pape has 13 permitted grape varieties in the wine making process and Beaucastel has used all 13 in this cuvee. It’s a really nice ruby garnet color, so it’s going to be showing a little bit of age. Really nice red fruit. You can definitely tell it’s Grenache dominant. I think it’s 30%, 30% Mouvedre, and the rest are all supportive. There is really nice garrigue spices, a little bit of licorice.
Like I said that it was a really hot vintage but despite that, it’s got really supple tannins, it’s well balanced, the acidity is still keeping it nice and fresh.
The beautiful part about this bottle is that it’s only 375 milliliters. This is a great option if you are going to a restaurant by yourself or if you just didn’t want to open up a full bottle for an evening in.
One thing I will say, is that this is a great wine for red meat. This is really great with steak, also in any game so you can do this with lamb, venison, or moose. It’s a great wine. It matches really well. It’s got a really nice structure so it’s definitely worth enjoying now and in the next few years to come.
If you’re interested in buying a bottle of this, you can go to our online site IronGate.Wine and pick one up today.