Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône 2019

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Primary Notes: Plum, Blackberry Cherry Tobacco, Black licorice

Secondary Notes:

Tertiary Notes: Truffle

Body: Medium +

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium

Alcohol (%): 14

Origin: Rhone Valley, France

Maker: Château de Beaucastel

Grape: Grenache (Garnacha, Cannonau) Blend

Fermentation: Slight Wood

Awards: >90 pts

Decanting: 2–3 hours

Serving Temperature: Best served between 16–18 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Peking duck, Vindaloo lamb curry, Kong Tau Yew Bak

Western Food Pairing: Grilled sausages, braised lamb, BBQ spareribs


Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône 2019

Château de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes-du-Rhône has an entrancing deep colour. Complex nose of ripe blue and black fruit, spices and flowers. Magnificent dry and medium to full-bodied palate with round tannins and a juicy acidity. Black plums, blackberries and cherries with layers of black licorice, truffle earth and tobacco spice that linger long into the finish.

40% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. The fruit comes from a 30-hectare vineyard in Côtes-du-Rhône, just east of the Beaucastel vineyard on the other side of the A7 motorway. The Coudoulet soil is made out of Molasse seabed covered by diluvial alpine deposits. These pebbles called “Galets Roulés” play a big role: they take in the heat during the day and release the heat slowly at night, which gives a good start to the vines in the Spring.

Manual and separate harvesting of each variety. The harvest heats to 80°C (skins) and then cools down to 20°C. Classic maceration occurs in cement tanks for 12 days. Pressing in pneumatic presses. Blending of the different varietals after malolactic fermentation. Ageing in Oak Foudres for 6 months.

Ageing potential: Drink up to 12 years from vintage.




22.png Bottled just a month before this tasting, the 2019 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel is showing brilliantly, with a rich, medium to full-bodied, textured style that displays the ripe, sexy style of the vintage. Offering lots of both black and blue fruits as well as truffly earth and garrigue notes, it can be enjoyed any time over the coming 10-12 years.


22.png Solidly built, with a core of dark plum, fig and black licorice notes that meld together, while warm earth and a swath of tobacco move in on the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault.

22.png A well-balanced, perfectly ripe, very fresh expression this year. Fine tannins, with good grip, harmonious acidity and dark streak of concentrated fruit into the finish. You'll be glad you bought some of this. Not hugely deep or hugely complex, but beautifully balanced.