Wine Advocate 95 points - The 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is a wine of exceptional intensity, with litchi, exotic orange marmalade, and honeysuckle notes, huge body, good underlying acidity, and loads of tropical fruit. It is a dense, full-throttle wine that has a remarkably long finish. Of course, this is a wine lover’s nightmare when it comes to cellaring, as it drinks gloriously for 2-4 years then seems to go into an oxidized state, with the finest vintages returning to form in about 10-12 years. (Feb 2006)
Wine Advocate 95 points - The outrageously good 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape blanc Vieilles Vignes is monumental, with wonderful notes of litchi, marmalade, honeysuckle, huge body, but great acidity and definition. This is an amazing wine that is just sumptuous to drink now, and probably should be consumed over the near-term, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find this exquisite in 15 or 20 years. (Feb 2007)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, between Orange and Avignon. The Chateau de Beaucastel white "Vieilles Vignes" (old vines) is 3 hectares / 7 acres in size. In this case the old vines are at least 75 years old.