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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

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Château de Beaucastel has long been regarded as one of the greatest wines in France. It is notorious for its elegance, balance and ageing potential. Beaucastel has an exceptional terroir at the Northern limit of Châteauneuf du Pape, exposed to the Mistral wind. All thirteen varieties of the appellation have been organically grown since the sixties.

2012 is a vintage of contrasts with a very mild start of the year and a freezing month of February. A fresh and humid spring, followed by a windy and dry month of July and a very hot month of August. The harvesting conditions were ideal. All these conditions make a great vintage.

Nearly black in colour. The nose is very delicate and powerful at the same time, with red fruit, blackcurrants, blackberries, spices, thyme and lavender. The bouquet is very elegant, rich and round, with figs, cherries, blackcurrants and stewed fruit, all with great acidity. The tannins are present but very delicate.

95 points, Wine Spectator
96 points, International Wine Report
93 points, Vinous
96 points, Wine Advocate
95 points, Decanter Magazine
18 out of 20, Jancis Robinson


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France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
750 ml
Grape Varieties:
  • 30% Grenache
  • 30% Mourvèdre
  • 10% Syrah
  • 10% Counoise
  • 5% Cinsault
Organic & Biodynamic
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

"Warm raspberry and boysenberry confiture aromas and flavors are dominant in this lush, inviting style, but there's plenty of dried star anise, bay leaf, licorice root, worn leather and roasted juniper notes to fill out the chorus. The finish turns youthfully grippy, with a tarry edge holding sway and adding serious length. Try now, but cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2030." 95 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 28 October 2015

"The 2012 is a Châteauneuf-Du-Pape is an absolutely remarkable showing and one of most compelling wines from the vintage. As this begins to open it delivers complex aromas of dark cherries and sweet dark plums, layered with exotic spices, chocolate, licorice, floral, smoke and hints of leather all coming together in the glass. On the palate this is richly textured, backed by round tannins which are beautifully polished with no hard edges. It continues to show remarkable balance with excellent concentration of dark fruits, spices through the long seductive finish. This is already outstanding, and should continue to evolve gracefully for many years to come." 96 points, Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report , 8 October 2015

"Opaque ruby. Potent, mineral-laced raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suave floral and spice qualities, picking up white pepper and cola accents with air. Seamless, round and sweet on the palate, offering intense red berry preserve and floral pastille flavors with a touch of allspice. Finishes sappy and precise, with velvety tannins and a late jolt of cherry compote." 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 1 April 2015

"What I think might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990 or 2001, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape offers a full-bodied, decadent style to go with awesome black and blue fruits, garrigue, licorice, crushed flowers and violets. The purity here is truly something, and it has fabulous mid-palate concentration, building tannin and massive texture. Given all of the fruit and texture here, it will no doubt drink well in its youth, but it should still be alive and kicking after two decades as well." 96 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, 30 October 2014

"A deep, free and varied nose. This is modern and rock’n’roll. Sensuous fruit and ripe tannins." 95 points, Decanter Magazine, May 2014

"This is also a great vintage for the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape. Beautifully rich and layered, with fantastic concentration and ultra-fine tannin, it delivers impressive aromas and flavors of dark fruits, licorice, mineral, and plum. Dense and rich, yet with perfect ripeness and bright acidity, it should end up being a classic example of Beaucastel and have two decades of longevity." 94-96 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, November 2013

"Pre-assemblage. Very dark crimson. Vibrant colour is almost black. Black olives and smoked bacon. Extremely vibrant on the nose too. Luscious ripe fruit on the front palate almost completely covers the tannins. Really quite remarkable. What a different wine from the 2011! Sumptuous." 18/20, Jancis Robinson

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