CDP Beaucastel Rouge 1989


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Tasting Notes

As it’s always been, the still plum/ruby-colored 1989 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a richer, more powerful version of the 1990. Classic dark fruits, melted licorice, truffle, earth, and garrigue notes all just come jumping out of the glass, and it’s deep, full-bodied, and just a beast of a wine. Fully mature, yet still with a stacked mid-palate, this awesome wine should be consumed any time over the coming 10-15 years. The 1989 is the first vintage for this special cuvee, which was created as a tribute to the late Jacques Perrin, who passed away in 1978. Aged all in foudre and almost always a blend of 60% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 10% Counoise and the rest Syrah, it’s only produced in top vintages and there are a scant 400-500 cases to go around in each vintage.

Score: 100

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2019-2034 14 June 2019

Mid crimson. Immensely thick and sweet. Served blind and went particularly well with the spiced duck. Really rich and fully evolved with layers of spiciness itself. Rather glorious. Wrapped itself round the palate.

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2000-2020 05 December 2015

The 1989 is inkier/purple in color than the 1990, with an extraordinarily sweet, rich personality offering up notes of smoke, melted licorice, black cherries, Asian spices, and cassis. Full-bodied and concentrated, it is one of the most powerful as well as highly extracted Beaucastels I have ever tasted. It requires another 3-4 years to reach its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for at least two decades.

Score: 97

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2006-2023 31 January 2003

Perhaps the greatest Beaucastel ever produced. Has the class and structure of a great vintage of Mouton-Rothschild. Deep, inky in color, with intense herb, plum, game and spice aromas, this full-bodied wine has an explosion of fruit and an iron backbone. Try the beginning of next century.--Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective. Top 100: 1991, Rank: 1

Score: 97

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 1995-2005 15 October 1991