2017 Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes-du-Rhone

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Jeb Dunnuck: 89-91
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"Juicy and direct, with a core of blackberry and plum fruit, laced with a singed alder thread and backed by a dusting of garrigue on the finish, which reveals a nice tug of dark earth. Should open up with some cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2028. 5,000 cases imported. -JM" (WS)

"Tasted as a representative sample that was blended from several foudres, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel looks to be another sensational example of this wine. Sourced just outside the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, it's full-bodied yet silky and long, with standout aromas of lavender and crushed stone backed by layers of cherry and berry fruit. Let's hope the prices don't escalate too much given the vintage's low yields.

This storied property continues to hit on all cylinders. Marc Perrin describes 2017 as "a 'Californian' kind of vintage," but also says, "It's amazing how balanced the wines are. Across the board, these are the best pair of vintages since 89/90. I love the balance … and the best word for 2016 is purity. I don't think we've done a better vintage since I'm part of it." Certainly, the wines are breathtaking at the upper levels, but the Perrin family continues to put effort into the entry-level wines as well, from the Coudelet de Beaucastel, which is always one of the top Côtes du Rhône wines, to the other wines reviewed under the Famille Perrin heading." (WA)

"Based on 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet always comes from the same vineyard located just to the north of Chateau Beaucastel, across the A7 interstate. Garrigue, ripe cherries, some dried earth and stony notes all give way to a medium-bodied, elegant, classically built Côtes du Rhône that has enough structure to keep for a decade." (JD)