Chateau de Beaucastel – Chateauneuf-du-pape 2006

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Vintage: 2006
  • WS 95
  • WA 95
  • JD 94
  • VIN 95
  • WAS 91
  • JCR 17.5/20
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In the heart of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, Chateau De Beaucastel has conjured an exquisite masterpiece with their 2006 vintage. This wine is a harmonious blend of thirteen grape varieties, with the dominant presence of Mourvedre and Grenache, each playing a crucial role.

This wine pours a dense plum-ruby-purple hue, hinting at its profound depth and complexity. The nose is an aromatic symphony, revealing black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, and new saddle leather. It entices with layers of blackberry and herb-infused, meaty black cherry fruit. The bouquet evolves beautifully with notes of dark fruit, roasted meat, graphite, mushrooms, and the intrigue of old wood.

On the palate, Chateau De Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf-du-Pape unveils its full-bodied character with structured finesse. Concentrated fruit dances gracefully, creating a rich, almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry flavors. Hints of cocoa, sweet toast, mesquite, and fig paste add complexity. It possesses sweet tannins that provide a supple texture and lead to a long, satisfying finish.

The 2006 Chateau De Beaucastel ” Chateauneuf-Du-Pape has received accolades that underscore its exceptional quality. Wine Spectator awards it 95 points, praising its powerful and rounded core of blackberry and raspberry, complemented by cocoa, sweet toast, and fig paste. The Wine Advocate rates it at 95 points as well, highlighting its rich aromatics of black truffles, leather, and peppery blackberry. Jeb Dunnuck gives it 94 points, describing its evolving earthy aromatics and fantastic texture. Vinous rates it at 95 points, noting its expansive cherry and raspberry scents. Together, these critical acclaims celebrate this wine’s depth, complexity, and longevity, making it a standout in the world of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.


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Critical Acclaim

WS 95
Wine Spectator
Powerful, with a round, almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry fruit all layered with cocoa, sweet toast, mesquite and fig paste. Long and rich through the finish. Still quite primal, with lots in reserve. Best from 2010 through 2030.
WA 95
Wine Advocate
As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
A fantastic wine, the 2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape fleshes out with air and displays deep, earthy aromatics of dark fruit, roasted meat, graphite, mushroom and old wood. In the mouth, the wine displays a medium to full bodied, structured personality to go with a fantastic texture, concentrated fruit and a long finish. If drinking anytime soon this needs plenty of air.
VIN 95
The 2006 Beaucastel shows the textbook character of a mature Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It has expansive raspberry and cherry scents with suggestions of succulent herbs, pungent flowers, cigar box and just a hint of earth. Given the high percentage of Mourvèdre (almost a third of the blend), I would have thought that the earthy aspect would have been more pronounced, but that is not the case here. The 2006 is silky in texture, and the suave blend of depth and energy highlights its red fruit along with floral pastille and baking spice flavors. It finishes extremely long and precise, with superb clarity and just a hint of finely polished tannins adding gentle grip. Beaucastel often shows some gamy character when the wines are young; however, the 2006 did not in barrel nor after it was bottled, and there’s no trace of it now. I noted almost twelve years ago that this was a wine that “beguiles rather than brutalizes”, and I’m happy with that assessment today.
WAS 91
Wine & Spirits
This is a beautiful wine, holding a perfect balance between bright, fresh fruit and savory notes of leather and spice. The blackberry flavors have a cool, foresty feel; the minerality runs deep, as smooth and overt as the galets that pave Beaucastel's vineyards. It's completely welcoming right now, especially with a rack of lamb.
JCR 17.5/20
Jancis Robinson
Very attractive overripe fruit aroma with a touch of compost and farmyard – yet not overtly bretty or funky. Balanced, rounded, succulent and finely balanced – this is a great example of the style in the prime of its life, full of fruit but showing tertiary development too. 17.5/20 points (RH)

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