Domaine de Beaurenard

Rhône,

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard Blanc — 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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.

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2018 vintage was marked by abundant rain that brought welcome relief to the Provençal vegetation that was able to recover after a particularly dry summer in 2017. Combined with high temperatures during the growing season, this humidity resulted in unprecedented levels of mildew in the vines and consequently very low yields.

      Fortunately the frequent use of essential oils and plant based tisanes, together with our biodynamic practices and a magnificent autumn, limited the damage and enabled us to bring in superb grapes.

  • Vinification

    • The grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard. Long, gentle pressing, co-fermentation in small oak foudres. Matured for 6 months in these same foudres.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Selected plots, of mainly old vines of the 13 varieties of the appellation planted together. A blend of 6 white varieties, mainly Clairette and Roussanne.
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Made from old vines of different varieties growing together, with moderate yields, the Boisrenard white is characterized by its beautiful smoothness and notes of salinity. A highly distinguished wine.

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  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard Blanc — 2018 – Jeb Dunnuck – 94 Points

    A smaller production cuvée, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Boisrenard Blanc offers more richness and depth, with terrific notes of tart pineapple, mulled stone fruits, spice, and a touch of caramelized peach. With medium to full-bodied richness, a touch of background oak, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it’s beautifully done and capable of evolving for over 15 years or more. My money is on it being one of the longest-lived whites in the vintage.

  • Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard Blanc – 2018 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    Offers a broad, creamy feel, with macadamia nut, piecrust, glazed pear and creamed yellow apple notes, backed by flashes of ginger and brioche on the finish. A lush, seductive wine. Drink now through 2021. 250 cases made, 20 cases imported.

  • Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard Blanc – 2018 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5 Points

    Tasted blind. Sweetcorn, tropical fruit, honey and preserved lemon on the palate. Fairly brief in persistence, but the primary fruit might evolve somewhat with time.

  • Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Boisrenard Blanc – 2018 – The Wine Advocate – 93 Points

    Beaurenard's top white—and one of the best in the appellation—is the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvee Boisrenard, a wood-aged blend of 42% Clairette, 32% Roussanne, 11% Bourboulenc, 10% Grenache Blanc and bits of Grenache Gris, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc and Picpoul Gris. Subtle toast elements (it's fermented and aged in a mix of foudres and used barrels) frame ripe citrus and pineapple in a wine that's round, ripe and full-bodied, plush yet long and crisp on the finish.

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