Boisrenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Beaurenard_Boisrenard-CDP_Rouge_100.jpgWinery: Beaurenard
Rhone - Sud (Southern Rhone)
Chateauneuf du Pape, France
Appellation:  Chateauneuf du Pape
Designation: AOC

Site: A selection from about 10 Hectares including several large parcels; “Cabrieres” is an 8 Ha vineyard with approximately 4 Ha planted in 1918, “La Coteaux de l’Ange,” with primarily 60-80 year old vines, and others. These old vineyards were co-planted with about 20% white varietals. Stony clay soils, with calcarious soils 12 cm below. Yields are extremely low, averaging 15 to 20 HL/Ha. As always, farming is strictly organic and biodynamic.

Grapes: Here we have the true “Symphonie des 13 cépages”, with Grenache dominating.

Fermentation and Aging: Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in open-topped fermentors. Punch downs daily; maceration lasting up to 30 days. Rests 18 months in barriques, about 20% new.

Notes: The first vintage of Boisrenard was 1990 and this cuvée has attracted much international acclaim. The wine attempts to be elegant, to wear it’s massive size lightly, and will age gracefully in cellar for decades.

Vintage: 2010