Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1998

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 1998

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France



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Grape Varietes: Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Misc Wine Style: Full Bodied Red Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Perrin Optimum Drinking: 2016-2035 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 100142 Alcohol: 13.5%
Estate Notes

Château de Beaucastel 1998 combines power with a sensual silky texture.

Beaucastel's vineyards are based on the famous rounded stones called galets that were deposited in times when the Rhône river raged as a torrent, tearing fragments of rocks from the Alps onto the plains. The galets soak up the intense heat during the summer ripening months and release it during the evenings. 

The Perrin brothers, the current owners of Beaucastel's 100 hectares, do not use chemical fertilisers, preferring to use a compost made on the property from a mixture of sheep manure and the previous year's pressings (marc) which helps to maintain the soil's own natural equilibrium.

NB Due to its age, this wine has thrown a sediment and we strongly recommend decanting prior to serving.


"The atypically Grenache-dominated 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is fully mature and gives up tons of kirsch, garrigue, licorice and a touch of gaminess in its full-bodied, layered and ripe personality. More rounded and sexy than most vintages, it has no hard edges, plenty of mid-palate depth and a great finish. I see no reason to delay gratification, but it will certainly hold for 5-10 years."