Domaine de Beaurenard

Rhône,

Rasteau — 2018

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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.

  • 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. Co-fermentation, vatting from 18 to 26 days for soft extractions. Matured for 12 months in vats, and oak foudres.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Grenache 80% • Syrah 17% • Mourvèdre 3%
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Beautifully deep in color, Rasteau 2018 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.

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  • Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau — 2018 – The Wine Advocate – 90 Points

    While based in Châteaneuf du Pape, this biodynamically run estate's 2018 Rasteau is a solid alternative for much less money. A blend of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre, it offers scents of sun-warmed stones, hints of garrigue and bold flavors of black cherries and blackberries. It's medium to full-bodied and supple, with a round, silky feel on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate and a cocoa powder-like texture mark the lengthy finish.

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