1985 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

- 750 ml
94
JD
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$185.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
22222-750-AS

Wine Critic Reviews:

Showing a youthful red color with some slight lightening at the edges, the 1985 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a beautiful Beaucastel funk nose with ripe raspberries, earth, leather, mushroom and sauvage notes. Perfumed, nuanced and complex, this held up wonderfully over the course of dinner and even gained intensity with air. The palate is medium bodied with a silky, almost seamless texture, nice balance and a medium length finish. Everything is perfectly integrated and this was drinking amazingly well. An awesome wine.

Jeb Dunnuck | 94 JD
(Châteauneuf du Pape- Château de Beaucastel) The 1985 Beaucastel is a wine that I drank quite a bit of in the first bloom of youth, and then, having finished my case up, have not seen with any great regularity in the last ten years. I have heard reports of folks that taste this vintage with more frequency that there can be some bottles that are rather heavily marked by brettanomyces, but this recent bottle was clean, pure and very promising, albeit still a few years away from reaching its apogee. The bouquet is lovely and quite classically middle-aged in its profile, with still some of the density of youth now beginning to morph into secondary layers of complexity in its mélange of dried black cherries, cassis, espresso, hung game, incipient notes of dried oak leaves, soil tones that are not yet transparent and a topnote of ground pepper. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and very long in the mouth, with a fine core of fruit, still some ripe tannins to resolve, and excellent length and grip on the classy finish. I would suspect that the ’85 Beaucastel could use another few years to really blossom, and will reach its absolute apogee in eight to ten years. (Drink between 2010-2040)

John Gilman | 93 JG
I have had the 1985 from regular format as well as magnum, with few differences noted. The color remains a healthy dark ruby with pink and amber at the edge. Always fragrant, it offers up sweet, jammzsy, peppery, herb-tinged black cherry, leather, and grilled meat aromas. Soft and medium to full-bodied, with low acidity and sweet tannin, this plush, round, graceful, fully mature Beaucastel is best consumed over the next 4-5 years.

Robert Parker | 93 RP

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Availability Available Soon
Vintage 1985
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Beaucastel: Chateau de Beaucastel is a legendary winery located in the Rhone Valley, in France. The winery owns a 100 hectares of grapevine-planted soil, most of which belong to the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. They deliver both whites and reds of absolutely stellar quality. With a wide selection of grape varietals used for their glorious blends, you can expect each bottle to tell a different story, albeit with the same signature eloquence and charisma. You will be greeted by different flavor profiles, although you can be sure that your experience will be nothing short of inspiring. Whether you're taking a deep breath of herbal essence or you're swimming through the tides of black and blue fruit while catching a distinct scent of spice in the air, every note is carefully balanced to complement the others without overwhelming your senses.
Rating 94 JD
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
OWC No
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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