2015 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Boisrenard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 92-95
Vinous Media: 92-94
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

"This is loaded with beautifully rendered fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture flavors that are seamlessly intertwined, while warm fruitcake, melted black licorice and black tea notes chime throughout. The finish ripples with energy, showing finely beaded acidity and a terrific graphite edge. Best from 2020 through 2040. 500 cases made.–JM " (WS)

"The top cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard, which is mostly Grenache (they never say the blend) brought up in barrels. It is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and impeccably balanced, with terrific notes or currants, black cherries, cassis and licorice. It’s not a blockbuster, but the balance and purity are first rate, and it should evolve for 10-15 years.

Brothers Frederic and Daniel Coulon made a very polished, elegant style of Châteauneuf du Pape and they’ve done well in both 2014 and 2015. While I suspect the 2015 will come in behind the incredible 2000 and 2001, it could easily be the best example of this cuvée in the past decade or more. " (WA)

"Youthful purple. Heady, smoke- and spice-accented red and dark fruit preserve and potpourri scents; a bright mineral flourish adds vivacity. Stains the palate with sweet, energetic black raspberry, cherry and lavender pastille flavors that deepen and spread out as the wine opens up. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity and shows no rough edges. The floral note carries emphatically through a wonderfully long, seamless finish that's given shape by gentle, harmonious tannins." (VM)

"This is a strikingly deep and concentrated expression made from organically farmed vines between 70 to 100 years old. Brambly raspberry and red plum fruits throughout, with spicy oak and fresh, powerful drive on the palate. Drink now." (JS)

"The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard is a solid step up over the classic cuvée and possesses additional depth and richness. Black raspberries, graphite, leather, and hints of scorched earth all emerge from this full-bodied beauty that has impeccable tannin quality, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It shines for its purity and finesse, has no hard edges, and is impeccably balanced. It too will keep for 10-15 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
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. Yields are very low: 15-20 hectoliters/hectare.

These old parcels, in which different varieties are planted together, embody the symphony of 13 varieties, though Grenache predominates. The Boisrenard undergoes lengthy vatting and is aged in an entirely traditional way: no filtration or fining, then 18 months' ageing in oak barrels, bottling, and a spell of rest in our underground cellars.