Well orientated slopes and terraces offer ideal sunshine exposure. The vines flourish in a stony limestone clay soil and find their full expression thanks to certified organic and biodynamic agriculture.
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.
But 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, vatting from 18 to 26 days for soft extractions. Matured for 12 months in vats, and oak foudres.
- Varietal Composition: Grenache 80% • Syrah 17% • Mourvèdre 3%
- Alcohol: 15%
Beautifully deep in color, Rasteau 2017 offers a superbly fresh nose with notes of garrigue and wild blueberries. This combination of fruit and spice is mirrored in the mouth, with notes of wild raspberry, rosemary and thyme.
Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau – 2017 – Jeb Dunnuck – 88-90 Points
There are two Rasteau releases from Domaine de Beaurenard and the entry level 2017 Rasteau has loads to love as well as outstanding potential. Offering lots of darker fruits, spice, new leather, and garrigue, it’s medium-bodied, nicely balanced, and has building minerality and scorched earth notes on the finish. It’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.
Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau – 2017 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Dark raspberry and plum paste notes mix with singed alder and vanilla flavors. Reveals a solid graphite edge on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022.