1998 is a very significant year to us, as it was the year of our wedding anniversary. Hence early in my wine-collecting hobby, I had sought to buy as many bottles of 1998 wine as possible.
As the wine to accompany steak, I would usually choose a Bordeaux blend. But this time around, I thought it would be worth opening a bottle of my Chateau Beaucastel 1998. This is one of the great chateaus from Chateauneuf-du-Pape in Southern Rhone. I had purchased this for £44.95 per bottle (now worth over £100 per bottle), which was a very good price back then – bearing in mind Robert Parker had given it a score of 96 points.
This has been resting and ageing slowing in my wine fridge since 18th June 2007. Hence I wanted to see how it had aged, and whether there was still more potential for it to improve.
There was definitely smells of chocolate, earth, liquorice and plums. There was great length as it continued to excite the taste buds for at least half a minute. It did improve in glass as the night progressed – boding well that it still has great potential to age further and improve.
The images below were taken with Nova Bluetooth Flash and its app to give off-axis lighting.
As can be seen below, the ageing of wine in optimal conditions since purchase has allowed the cork to remain in pristine condition. There is just a rim of wine stain where the cork has been in contact with the wine.
The image below was taken with the Nova flash sitting on top of the wine glass, to give it an interesting look.