Chateau de Beaucastel   Chateauneuf Du Pape

2004 Chateauneuf Du Pape

By Chateau de Beaucastel

The 2004 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone

Considered by many as the embodiment of classic Rhone viniculture, the 2004 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel makes a compelling case for sustained investment in this esteemed producer and respected vintage. In the wine fraternity, 2004 stands as a beacon of balanced weather, leading to optimal grape maturation - an advantage impressively wielded by Chateau de Beaucastel.

 

Beyond the cork - a discrete symphony of flavors

The result is a redolent symphony of ripe berries, seasoned with Tahitian vanilla and accentuated by a hint of licorice. It's not just aromatic flattery; it prevails even on tasting - confirming its plush depth and regal lineage. Evident too is the muscular structure, without overwhelming the delicate domino of flavors; a supreme challenge the winemakers at Chateau de Beaucastel have mastered over decades.

The sublime balance struck in this vintage is not happenstance. It pays homage to the knowledgeable blending of all thirteen permitted varieties, led prominently by Grenache and Mourvèdre. The old-world terroir adds layers of minerality and spice that will enthrall and intrigue the seasoned investor and connoisseur alike.

 

The prodigious fruit of a masterly year

An excellent year in Rhone, 2004 witnessed long summer days and moderate rainfall - nature's recipe for remarkable grape development. Not only do we bear witness through the 2004 Chateauneuf Du Pape's enchanting taste, but it becomes particularly enticing with its promise of longevity. This wine is crafted to thrive over time, making it an attractive bottle to add depth to your cellar and potential upside to your portfolio.

The 2004 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel encapsulates the quintessence of the Rhone Valley. A descent into its myriad flavors is a journey both thrilling and rewarding with each vintage offering a nuanced narrative in the vast saga of fine wine. This bottle is proof that certain years carry a magic beyond climatic conditions or grape varietals; magic that transcends it all and delivers an unforgettable epicurean inscription upon the discerning palate.

Current market price

HK$7,030.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

52.86

Scores and tasting notes

94

Showing brilliantly, with a deep, rich and layered profile, the straight 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape has gorgeous black cherry, earth, underbrush and background meatiness that gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated and pure feel on the palate. A foudre-aged blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, with the balance a mix of the other permitted varieties, this knockout Chateauneuf du Pape will have another 10-15 years of prime drinking. Both of Beaucastel’s 2004s are some of the most youthful and structured in the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 26 February 2014

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