Châteauneuf-du-Pape is characterized by the diversity of its soils, with a mosaic of plots where different varieties grow together on limestone rock, round pebbles on a clay substrate with varying amounts of iron, and fine sedimentary sand.
After a particularly cold January that allowed the sap to descend completely and the vines to rest thoroughly, 2017 experienced many different weather conditions in the course of the growing cycle. This caused a high incidence of poor fruit set, particularly in the highly sensitive Grenache, resulting in low yields.
However, frequent applications of healing biodynamic preparations maintained the clusters in excellent condition, ensuring a healthy crop.
The grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. Co-fermentation, long vatting for soft extractions. Matured for 12 months in conical vats, foudres and barrels.
- Varietal Composition: A blend of the 13 varieties of the appellation, predominantly Grenache
- Alcohol: 14.5%
Domaine de Beaurenard’s flagship wine is a quintessential blend, reflecting all the diversity of the terroir and the perfect synergy that exists between the soils and the grapes. It offers a supple and refined texture associated with a delicate aromatic palette that is the result of a constant quest for freshness.
Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape – 2017 – Jeb Dunnuck – 92-94 Points
As to the barrel samples, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a ripe, dense, powerful profile as well as loads of currant and cassis fruits, full body, a big, rich mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish. I hope it shows this well from bottle!