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Rhône's Go To Value Buy: New Vintage of Coudoulet - 11/21/2019 - Rhone Valley

Consistently among the best buys out of the Rhône, the 2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Rouge is every bit as good as we had hoped. With a profile that’s akin to the much-lauded Châteauneuf-du-Pape from this fine property, it far outperforms its modest price. Beaucastel manages to somehow craft wines that are polished and refined without losing their earth, rustic tones. This juxtaposition works exceptionally well in this 2017 bottling and is one of the better examples we’ve been fortunate to taste. As our Rhône buyer, Alex Pross aptly puts it, “This is basically ‘Baby Beaucastel’ at an entry-level price.” A perfect weeknight pour, its open and accessible style makes it a real crowd-pleaser and the perfect wine to have on hand for just about any occasion. Drink this 2017 now or hold for another ten to fifteen years, as it is sure to evolve beautifully. Like this 2015s and 2016s the preceded them, the 2017s are smart buys that deliver on a multitude of levels. Beaucastel establishes once again it is a world-class estate with this sumptuous red.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Rouge 92 $24.99 View

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2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Rouge ($24.99)

92 points James Suckling: "Abundant, rich and ripe red fruit with lightly spiced pastry and quite brambly complexity. The palate has a super fleshy, bold and upfront-tannin shape. Fresh and easy." (10/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still not yet bottled for my June visit (it was scheduled to be bottled at the end of the month), the final blend of the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel was showing plenty of garrigue and dried-spice notes layered over cherry fruit. Full-bodied, silky textured and long on the finish, it should drink well for a decade or more. (JC)" (08/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Coudoulet De Beaucastel is a textbook example of this cuvée, and while it tends to be a relatively expensive Côtes Du Rhône, it merits the price. Complex garrigue, ground pepper, and earthy dark fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied wine that has a polished, elegant texture as well as the sunny, Provençal style of the vintage." (08/2019)

Jancis Robinson: "Fragrant, spicy, fairly light compared with Famille Perrin's Gigondas and Vinsobres cuvées. Still a closed book, but the clarity of fruit is very promising. (RH)" (10/2018)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 18, 2019

If you love Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds as much as I do, but would prefer not to spend fifty plus dollars for it, I have a suggestion. Chateau de Beaucastel annually produces one of the most sought after Chateauneufs in the Rhone Valley, and any remaining wine often ends up in their second bottling, the Coudoulet de Beaucastel, a deeply-hued, richly aromatic wine that manifests much of the complexity and elegance of its big brother at roughly one third the price. Layers of ripe cherry, brambly dark fruits, licorice and spice play upon the palate, with a distinctive dry mineral aspect that expresses the structure and seriousness of this wine. An absolute must for anyone who appreciates the intrinsic quality and beauty of the Rhone Valley and its wines.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2019

The wines of Beaucastel never disappoint. Often the Chateauneuf can be a little out of reach for a good week night wine and that's where the Coudoulet comes in! I love the slightly more Mourvedre driven styles with more of the underbrush and smoky meat qualities that Mourvedre brings to the party. Brambly spices powered by cherry and strawberry fruit leads to savory notes on the finish. In a blind tasting, you might even think you're drinking the bigger brother but without the loftier price tag.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2019

It's an impossible task to replicate the soaring heights that were achieved in vintages such as 2016, but if there's one stalwart up to the test its Beaucastel. The 2017 Coudoulet is another triumph that is hitting the shelves at the perfect time, as I can't think of another sub-$25 red that offers this level of quality, not to mention versatility. This is one of those rare gems that is light enough on its feet to pair with roasted turkey yet has the stuffing to serve next to a rack of prime rib. Say hello to your new favorite holiday dinner companion.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2019

Easily one of the greatest values year-in-and-year-out in the Rhone Valley the 2017 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Rouge is a winner once again. This is basically "Baby Beaucastel" at an entry-level price. From the very first sniff from the glass the pedigree here is apparent, crackling red fruits, garrigue, spice and licorice notes dominate the nose while the palate is fresh, long and packed with spicy red fruit. This wine has amazing length and a dry, mouth-coating finish. An impressive wine that stands on its own and can easily age and mature over the next 15+ years to reveal greater depth and complexity.