Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chateau de Beaucastel Au Revoir

During my break...I had drank with Herr Hodapp a Chateau de Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2008.
We had been wary of opening because of the time span with this particular wine. They are attractive when young...then nod off for a few years to hibernate. We just about caught it before it slumbered.
We are planning a special wine evening in November at the Rebstock...and I am scouring my celler to decide what we will drink. I had this one in mind...and having 2 bottles...decided to try it now...rather than risk being surprised on the night.
Opened a few hours in advance..

Chateau de Beaucastel Blanc Vieilles Vignes 1995
Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France

Amber gold...looks very dicey...and on first whiff the usual slightly oxidated aroma. To be honest...it never really became 'attractive'...more like a diva telling us she was once beautiful. If I had to choose a fruit smell...more like banana...so to the taste. Again...as with the nose...we caught this one a touch too late. Not undrinkable...but the oily texture dominates...and very little 'attractive' fruit. Bottles do seem to vary when I check the internet...but the second bottle in my celler is no longer on the list for November.

Points......................................

 

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