The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Boisrenard is a Grenache-dominated field blend (80%) that also includes 15 other varieties. Brought up all in foudre, it boasts a dense purple hue to go with a sensational, full-bodied, multi-layered array of red and black currants, toasted spice, peppery garrigue, and new leather-like aromas and flavors. Slightly tighter and more backward than the classic cuvée, this warrants 4-6 years of bottle age and will be incredibly long-lived. Is this even better than the 2001 and 2016?
Readers looking for a more Burgundian styled, elegant, yet still concentrated and classic Châteauneuf du Pape should jump on these latest releases from Domaine de Beaurenard, which are made by the Coulon family. While I found the wines to be slightly narrow and moderately concentrated in the past, they appear to be back on track, making richly textured, concentrated, yet still incredibly elegant wines today, and you can’t go wrong with either of these new vintages. Their 2019 Cuvée Boisrenard might just match the 2016 and 2001 (and don’t miss the 2017), which remain the benchmark vintages for this estate in my mind. In addition to their great reds, the estate fashions an incredibly impressive, ageworthy set of whites.
Saturated ruby. Red and dark fruit preserves, candied licorice, violet and exotic spices on the expansive nose. Stains the palate with sweet blueberry, cherry cola, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that become livelier as the wine stretches out. Blends depth and energy with a steady hand and closes impressively long and youthfully chewy, with building tannins and a strong echo of cherry liqueur.
Deep nose of damson plums and black cherries with subtle spice and tobacco-leaf aromas. Rich and concentrated with a ton of healthy tannins that beautifully support the full body, the mineral acidity lighting up the long finish. From 70 to 100-year-old vines of all the 13 varieties allowed for this appellation. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification.
The 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard is 80% Grenache, with the balance a mix of the other permitted varieties. Fermentation took place in wood (including a small proportion of new barrels), with maturation in foudres. Scents of mint and garrigue accent black cherries and plum on the nose, and I thought I detected a hint of charred oak as well (tasted blind). Full-bodied, rich and velvety, this is a thickly textured, concentrated beauty, with a long, mocha-tinged finish. While it could use a year or two to soften, it should drink well for more than a decade. Best after 2023.
Great purity and serious concentration without overt weight. A very powerful, complete, driving style of wine, big in tannin, acid and alcohol with a long finish. Biodynamically-grown Grenache (66%), Syrah (12%) and Mourvèdre (12%), the rest being made up of Clairette Rose, Cinsault, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Terret Noir, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc, Muscardin, Bourboulenc, Picpoul Noir, Vaccarèse, Roussanne, Picpoul Gris, Counoise and Clairette Blanche! Grapes are grown across a variety of soil types in the lieux-dits Beau Renard, Cabrières and Coteau de l'Ange, vinified mostly in tronconic wooden vats, then aged in oak barrels of various sizes and ages, including 5% new oak.
Blend80% Grenache blended with 15 other varieties
WinemakerFrederic and Daniel Coulon
Farming MethodOrganic and Certified Biodynamic
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Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2019
Grenache | France
JD98, DC96, VN95, WS94, WA93+
Organic and Certified Biodynamic
$74.95 | 750mL
40% off retail!
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Domaine de Beaurenard is a legend of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the Coulon family has thoughtfully stewarded the domaine for eight generations. Organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards, including the 70-100-year-old vines for this top cuvee, Boisrenard. 98 POINTS from Jeb Dunnuck – who went on to ponder if this 2019 surpasses the all-time great 2001 vintage as one of the greatest Boisrenards ever. At the best price in the country, you can decide for yourself!
The Bois Renard site goes back to at least the 1300s when it was listed as a top site in Châteauneuf-du-Pape on a report sent to the Pope in Avignon. While undoubtedly much has changed since then, the soils and grapes of the region have endured and continue to produce some of the greatest wines in the world. This site is a field blend of mostly grenache (some 80% or so) but interplanted with all 13 varieties allowed in CdP – with white grapes, grey grapes, and red grapes all co-fermenting together in this truly unique blend. Grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre make up the majority of the blend – punctuated with tiny amounts of the rest, clairette rose, cinsault, grenache blanc, grenache gris, terret noir, picardan, picpoul blanc, muscardin, bourboulenc, picpoul noir, vaccarèse, roussanne, picpoul gris, counoise, and clairette blanche!
Brothers Daniel & Frédéric Coulon lead the estate today, with Daniel’s sons, Victor and Antonin, gradually taking on more responsibility each passing season. The winery is known for its length fermentations of over 30 days, with gentle extractions occurring under temper-regulated conditions and hand-punchdowns, exclusively (no pumpovers). Only native yeasts are used to further express the uniqueness of this top cuvee.
Perhaps the most incredible aspect of this particular cuvee is its tendency to be confused (in blind tastings) with Grand Cru Burgundy. There is a silky texture and deceptive weight that combines with the elegantly layered complexity of fruit, earth, and spice to make this stand apart from the majority of classic, high-octane, jammy fruit so often associated with other Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. Check out the high praise from all the critics below, but this is a pure class effort that is a worthy addition to any collection! Just over a dozen cases to be had, sadly, so don’t delay!
About the Producer
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 Chateauneuf du Pape in several parcels, and over 60 acres of Côtes du Rhône located primarily in Rasteau.. Paul Coulon's father and grandfather were instrumental in creating the regulations of the Appellation Contrôlée system (Chateauneuf 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.