When I purchased this I thought it seemed like a top vintage, time has proved me wrong. It is not bad, just not up to the standards of other vintages.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1994, Château Beaucastel
A soft, earthy nose. Some dark fruit there. Seems subdued and muted. The palate is quite dry and tastes very strongly of olive water, quite brine-y. There is fruit, and a bit of earthy richness, but this is basically on its way out. Much better than a bottle I had in the summer, that was completely past it, though. A nice old wine, but it has definitely been drawing its pension for a few years.