Chateau de Beaucastel   Chateauneuf Du Pape

2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape

By Chateau de Beaucastel

The 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel, Rhone

As bold and robust as any tale of the Rhone Valley, the 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel is as notable as it is distinct. Really, each wine from this distinguished estate is a testament to tradition and skill, but the narrative of the 2003 vintage writes itself.

 

A year of trial; a wine of triumph

The vintage took place under the extreme weather conditions of a tropical summer, making it one of the best years for Rhône reds in recent memory. Nature may have blustered, but the expert viniculturists at Beaucastel prevailed and the resulting vintage showcases this resilience along with Beaucastel's unyielding commitment to quality.

This Chateauneuf Du Pape ejaculates its complexity beginning with an opulent array of black currants, spices, and leather on the nose. The palate doesn't shy away from this initial promise; instead, it carries forward the aromatic profile with added notes of herbs and licorice. An impressive Grenache backbone combines with a mélange of other varieties such as Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise to create layers of depth.

 

Meteorological might meets vinicultural virtuosity

In the Rhone Valley's pantheon of legendary vintages, 2003 holds its own with outstanding heat tolerance. Beaucastel's vineyards, nurtured with organic practices and absolute respect for terroir, managed not merely to withstand 2003's climatic onslaught but also to transform this challenge into a hallmark vintage that amplifies the iconic characteristics of this esteemed appellation.

The 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape is a harmonious play between structure, finesse, and longevity. It offers a cornucopia of ripe, dense fruit draped with a veil of spice and earth - a complexity that unfolds compellingly over time. Now reaching its peak, it is a wine worthy of strategic investment, perfectly positioning itself for extracted value over the coming decade.

Put simply, the combination of such favorable weather, innovative vineyard management, and meticulous blending offers up ONE of the finest specimen from Beaucastel’s repertoire in all its restrained opulence. A reflection on the enduring character of Rhone Valley and its indomitable spirit - this is the story of the 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape from Chateau de Beaucastel.

Market price (GBP)

£640.00

12x75cl

Highest score

90

POP score

64

Scores and tasting notes

90

One of the weaker vintages for this estate yet still outstanding, the 2003 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape delivers a surprisingly fresh profile, yet ten years after the vintage, it is entering the early stages of maturity. Loaded with red and black currants, iron, beef blood, rolled stone and garrigue on the nose, with no roasted fruit or over ripeness, it shines on the palate with excellent depth and richness. Medium to full-bodied, supple and integrated, with plenty of ripe fruit, it should continue to evolve for a handful of years. Consume it over the coming decade, max.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 27 June 2013

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