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1991 Chateau de Beaucastel


This is a rare treat… It’s not often I get to taste stuff this showy… Do you?

The ‘91 right now is in a glorious peak of development showcasing earthy tobacco and leather aromas with plentiful garrigue, dried fruits and flowers, mineral notes and a heady grilled/smoke/brulee character. in fact, this seems to rise from the glass like campfire smoke, aspiring upward in pleasant waves of complexity. On the palate this is refined and bright, despite the maturity. Leathery, brety notes make this my kind of juice. This is long and caressing on the palate, and back when CDP was allowed to be lean and elegant they made beauties like old cheverolets… That’s big car comfort AND elegance (the cadillac of southern Rhone?).

Suffice to say, I’m more than happy with this brief moment to taste during a busy dinner service.

-JL

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In this video, Harry tastes a complementary range of wines at Domaine des 3 Cellier with Nathalie Cellier. This domain is managed by a young generation of winemakers, with a new and fresh take on winemaking, although respecting their heritage.

Wines in this episode: 2010 L'Insolente (white), 2009 Alchimie, 2008 Marceau, 2009 Privilege, and a new cuvée in 2010 (first vintage) called Eternelle.