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Monday, April 04, 2011

2004 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes Du Rhone

Coudoulet de Beaucastel is often refered to as "baby Beaucastel" because the 60 acre Coudoulet Vineyard is located only about 5 kilometers away from the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation and is just to the east of the Chateau Beaucastel. The soils are also very similar on both properties consisting of a layer of marine limestone from the Miocene period, covered by a deposit of alpine diluvium.

The wine is composed of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault. It was aged for only a short period of time (6-8 months) in large oak barrels.

It's fantastic to be able to taste this category of wine after it has had the appropriate time to aged and mature in the bottle. I think as wine consumers we're so used to just going to pick our wine up at the local shop or grocer right before we have dinner. Most of the wines we consume are very youthful and don't always drink the way the vintner designed the wine to be drank. That is, most of the wine we consume is usually (especially European wines) meant to be aged a few years until the wine becomes more structurally balanced. Anyways, it's nice to taste a wine with a bit of maturity to it.

The color of this Cotes Du Rhone is still quite ruby at the core, but there is slight signs of discoloration towards the edges where the wine starts to turn to a lighter brick-red color.

On the nose I get some really intriguing aromas of Kalamata olive that combine with notes of tobacco, tea leaf, plum, sandalwood and very subtle notes of cinnamon. It's a very pretty bouquet and one where the influence of age is very noticeable and eloquently defining.

On the palate the wine is very soft and sensuous and displays flavor nuances of stewed cherries, overripe plum, unsweetened coco, leather, and just hints of the aforementioned cinnamon. There are some secondary dried herb notes that are particularly interesting, as well as a bit of earthiness. The Kalamata olive note also translates onto the palate.  91 points

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