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Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Boisrenard 2011
- Varietal: Rhone Red Blend
- Country: France
- Region: Rhone Valley
- Unit Size: 750 ml
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Wine Spectator 93 Points
($75) Offers a fleshy, inviting feel, with dark plum, currant paste and steeped blackberry notes, studded with anise, fruitcake and cocoa details. A smoldering charcoal hint lines the finish. Shows solid depth for the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2024.
Wine Advocate 93 Points
Even better and showing a similar polished, elegant profile, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard is a blend of 60% Grenache, and the rest a blend of all permitted grape varieties, that spent 18 months in 1- to 5-year-old barrels. Possessing thrilling notes of black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and crushed flowers on the nose, it flows onto the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, solid overall concentration, good acidity and sweet, silky tannin. Relatively approachable, especially by this cuvee’s standards, it can be consumed now or cellared for a decade. Drink now-2023.
Made by brothers Frederic and Daniel Coulon, this estate produces two cuvees in both red and white: a traditional cuvee and a more modern-styled cuvee Boisrenard. The traditional cuvees – both red and white – see larger format aging (tank and foudre) while the cuvee Boisrenard sees more barrel aging and comes from the older vines of the estate. Both the 2011s and 2012s reviewed here appear to be more refined and elegant than past vintages, with an emphasis on fine tannin, purity and freshness."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 93 Points
Opaque ruby. Vibrant, mineral- and spice-accented aromas and flavors of red fruits and floral pastilles, with a suave vanilla nuance in the background. Fleshy and smooth but lithe and precise, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering lavender and red berry notes.
A very deep, shimmering purple. Complex, explosive, exciting and palatable. Surely in the register of the biggest Boisrenard. The Boisrenard offers an elegant balance and concentration.
Parcels of old vines 60-100 years in age, planted in soils of great character and complexity, provide the grapes for this wine. They are picked when fully mature and meticulously sorted by hand to further enhance concentration.
In 1344, it was reported to the Pope living in Avignon that "the principal vineyards are Bois Renard, Blacquieres, Bois de Senechaux, Cabrieres, Carbonnieres, Colombis, and Mont Redon." The Coulon family has farmed that area named Bois Renard since they purchased it in 1695; seven generations of dedication, meticulous care, and excellence. Adding vineyards over the past 300 years, Domaine de Beaurenard is now 74 acres of Châteauneuf du Pape in several parcels, and over 60 acres of Côtes du Rhône located primarily in Rasteau.
The Coulons have estate-bottled their wines since the early 1900’s. Paul Coulon's father and grandfather were instrumental in creating the regulations of the Appellation Contrôlée system (Châteauneuf du Pape was France's first appellation contrôlée, in 1929). Detail oriented, meticulous to the point of perfectionism, visitors can peruse not only the informative Musée du Vin below their Rasteau vineyard, but detailed volumes for each vintage with ground temperatures, rainfall, hours of sunlight, etc.
Domaine de Beaurenard portfolio includes: Cotes du Rhone Rouge & Rose, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge & Blanc and Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard which is consistently one of Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer's most highly rated Rhone wines.
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