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1998 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2009

Good medium red. Aromas of red fruit syrup, cola, milk chocolate, humus, graphite and prune. Sweet, lush and rich, with the fruit syrup flavor showing a distinctly roasted quality. Grew fresher and juicier with a bit of aeration and held its shape nicely, but eventually the pruney element became more pronounced. With little in the way of primary fruit remaining, this doesn't really come alive, in spite of its complexity.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Epiphanous
03/13/2006
by Rankin11616655
Any oenophile can remember the moment they stopped being a wine drinker and became a wine lover. For me it was the first glass of the 98 CDP almost a year ago. My favorite local merchant offered it for $50 a bottle, which at the time was the most I'd ever paid...on a tipsy whim, I must add. Of course they were sold out the next time I could justify spending so much, and I've been unable to find it for half again as much.
Lovely
12/29/2005
by Kluck11906524
This is perhaps one the most perfect wines that I have ever had in my life. Lovely.
Oh my........
03/14/2001
by DrRock
I just had this at a vertical Beaucastel dinner at the Wine Merchant of Raleigh and I was blown away by the complexity and finesse this wine has! We had it next to 1993, 1990, 1988, 1981, and few others. This wine could be as complete as the 1990!

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The Rhone's Chateauneuf du Pape has been one of the hottest categories of the new millennium in the American market, thanks in equal part to the nearly candied ripeness and full-bodied, chewy texture of these wines and to an unprecedented string of four consecutive very good to outstanding vintages between 1998 and 2001.
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