The northern Rhône I think did brilliantly in 1991. But this time from the south... Beaucastel 1991 is I think at least the equal of the 1989 which I last had in magnum a few months ago. 1991 may have been described as a difficult vintage by the Chateau on its website but if it was Beaucastel should have had more of them. I was lucky as the cork was perfect as I extracted it with my Butler’s thief and my hopes raised. This is a beautiful wine - sophisticated, beautifully balanced, harmonious and without any of the slightly inky taste riper vintages in that era can, but don’t always, develop. It’s so fresh!