Sheep shit

Beaucastel smells of sheep shit, Bandol smells of arseholes; that is the way it is.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1995, Château de Beaucastel

en magnum

Bright berry fruit, and dirty, slightly shitty nose. It is very rich and complex, with plenty of lovely flavours despite its filth content. Is this much Brett a flaw or acceptable? It is acceptable when it is in harmony with the wine, as in this wine. The palate has some big, drying tannins, but a lot of fruit. It is very complex, very earthy. The balance is quite delicious. Not short either. Perhaps a bit butch, and too shitty for some, but I rather like it. So do the friends.