Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate's classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits.
The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. Drink : 2011-2036.
Blend : 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Vaccarèse/ Terret Noir/ Muscardin/ Clairette/ Picpoul/ Picardan/ Bourboulenc/ Roussanne, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsaul.