A friend of mine stopped by with a bottle. My first reaction was that it was too young, so I was going to open an older bottle and then accidently opened this. Glad I did. While this will probably shut down, it was great. Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is clean with black cherry fruit along with roasted meats, smoke/char and a slight floral note. Full bodied. On the pallet, this is drinking great. Delicious. Black raspberry fruit over char. Clean (how long has it been since this was an issue at Beaucastel?). Nice finish. Obviously young with silky tannins and plenty of depth, but well worth drinking now (and laying a couple down). Drink soon or wait seven years and drink for ten to twelve more after that. Drinks great on its own and will work well with beef stews, or chili.