1999 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône

Oh my goodness…this was so outstanding that the hairs on my neck stood up. Opened this to celebrate my Uncle’s birthday while he was visiting from Germany. This wine was so outrageously good that it is actually hard to put into words. Dark, dark blackberry and cherry fruit with loads of spice and a certain saline note. Earthiness in spades along with dried lavender. The nose was perfumed and could be smelled all the way across the kitchen. Finish sails through to the next sip. Had to be tasted to be believed. Unfortunately my last bottle, but one worth re-purchasing if the opportunity arises. Had this with herb marinated and grilled lamb and it was a dream pairing.
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Zachy’s: $60.00/bottle. Click here for product page.

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