1998 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
750 ML France, Rhone, Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf-du Pape
| Wine Advocate #220
|Jeb Dunnuck||93||Drink: 2015- 2025|
The atypically Grenache-dominated 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is fully mature and gives up tons of kirsch, garrigue, licorice and a touch of gaminess in its full-bodied, layered and ripe personality. More rounded and sexy than most vintages, it has no hard edges, plenty of mid-palate depth and a great finish. I see no reason to delay gratification, but it will certainly hold for 5-10 years.